FEMA awards $2 million grant for Louisville hazard prevention

Most of the cleanup is on hold as residents wait for the water to recede. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Most of the cleanup is on hold as residents wait for the water to recede. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2018 at 3:46 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded millions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky to reduce the impact of natural disasters on local communities.

FEMA has awarded a grant of $2,184,396 to Kentucky to fund the purchase and demolition of 27 properties in the Catheen Way neighborhood in Louisville as a part of an initiative to end repetitive property loss due to flooding.

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The existing homes in the Catheen Way neighborhood will be demolished, the land will be deed restricted and returned to open space. This is a part of FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance program which works to help communities by buying flood-prone properties and removing the buildings.

FEMA says that destroying or moving a building in a high-risk flood area is sometimes the best way to help a homeowner whose home has suffered significant damage.

This $2.1 million grant is an addition to the $2.3 million grant awarded in 2015, which funded at least 75 percent of the cost of acquisition and demolition of 43 properties in the Belquin Road area.

Long-term maintenance of the land will be the responsibility of the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District.

A National Institute of Building Sciences study recently found $6 in future disaster costs is saved for every $1 spent through mitigation grants, FEMA said.

The grants were provided as a result of a federal disaster declaration from severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and tornadoes that happened from May 1 through June 1, 2010. Throughout Kentucky, 83 counties were designated under the declaration due to the storm damage.

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