10.06.05

Burr Applauds $1,027,995 FEMA Grant for North Carolina

Funds to prevent future flooding in Avery County

Senator Richard Burr today applauded a $1,027,995 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for Avery County. The grant, made available by FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, will assist local officials in preventing future flood losses in the towns of Newland and Minneapolis. The State of North Carolina will provide Avery County with $342,665 in additional funding.

"Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, have in the past cost many North Carolinians everything," said Senator Burr. "These funds can play a critical role in better protecting life and property from future natural disasters."

Hurricanes Frances and Ivan caused heavy flooding in Avery County last year. Avery County will use the funding to acquire homes in areas prone to flooding and demolish them. The removal of these structures from the floodplain will reduce environmental degradation.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term recovery measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property in natural disasters.