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  • acquired and demolished in this latest project phase are three structures in the Palms Apartment complex which is located in a 100 year flood plain adjacent to House Creek said Eric Tolbert director of the North Carolina Emergency Management Division NCEMD NCEMD recommended the project to FEMA because of repeated flooding Tolbert said Sandbags stacked near the building entrances to deter flooding failed to do the job he added The

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  • of the disaster assistance provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA following the September 1999 Hurricane Floyd flooding Hazard mitigation projects may include acquiring and demolishing properties elevating structures above the floodplain making erosion protection and culvert improvements and constructing levees and dams floodwalls and debris basins FEMA will pay 75 percent of the approved project cost Gov Tom Ridge has authorized the state to provide 22 percent of the non federal share As a partner in the project communities will be required to fund the remaining 3 percent of the project cost According to Bob Churchman acting director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency PEMA this is the second major application of the federal hazard mitigation program in Pennsylvania Since 1996 the Ridge Administration has purchased and removed from the flood plain more than 500 properties across the Commonwealth This important program provides federal support to help break the cycle of disasters by reducing the impact of repeat disasters on residents as well as taxpayers Churchman said This is one of the many significant improvements made to the federal disaster assistance program by the Stafford Act which was developed and sponsored by Congressman Ridge in 1988 Churchman said that the interest from Southeastern Pennsylvania in this new program was evidenced by the 15 applications filed by municipal officials The total project cost of the submitted notices of interest was 13 4 million We expect to have between 4 million and 4 6 million in federal funding available Churchman said Clearly community interest and need far exceed the money available The selection of applications forwarded to FEMA was the result of a comprehensive review by staff from several departments and agencies Each project application was evaluated based on its own merits and the impact it would have in reducing

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  • for this funding Already more than 4 6 million in property acquisitions have been funded removing more than 70 homes from the floodplain in Bucks Delaware and Montgomery counties According to Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency PEMA officials this supplemental funding will allow the remaining 76 homes that were submitted to PEMA by the affected counties to now be purchased The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is designed to assist county and local governments in taking proactive steps to reduce the impact of future disasters The amount of hazard mitigation grant money is based on 15 percent of the total amount of Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA disaster relief money spent in any one disaster Earlier this year PEMA received 4 6 million which allowed six local projects totaling 71 homes to go forward The remaining eight projects on the list were waiting future funding This supplemental funding allows us to complete our initial list of acquisitions totaling more than 13 million in federal state and local funds Schweiker said We now can provide the county and local governments with the resources to purchase these flooded homes and help these families achieve some closure in the aftermath of the flooding Acquisitions under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program are funded with 75 percent federal dollars and 25 percent non federal dollars Of the non federal share Gov Ridge has committed that the state will pay 22 percent and that local governments will only have to provide the remaining 3 percent According to PEMA the homes will be purchased at their pre flood fair market value and the properties will be razed never to be flood damaged again Under this voluntary program the Ridge Administration has been able to remove from the floodplain more than 700 properties statewide since 1996 Following is a list

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  • New York City, Department of Environmental Protection
    on August 10th 11th one closing took place in July and the remainder are expected to occur within the next several months The Flood Buyout Program is another excellent example of partnership between City and County government resulting from the Watershed Memorandum of Agreement MOA said DEP Commissioner Joel A Miele Sr P E Once again the City and County have worked together to accomplish a goal that is beneficial to both Delaware County and the City Through this program the City will be able to promote long term water quality protection while giving relief to County residents who suffered from the devastating January 1996 floods I am very proud of the hard work exhibited by the staffs of DEP and the Delaware County Department of Planning and Economic Development which made this complex program a reality Once acquired all structures on the properties will be removed by the County and the parcels will be maintained in a natural state to reduce future flood damage and protect water quality The Flood Buyout Program is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the City and the County in September 1997 which lays out the responsibilities of both parties FEMA has reserved 2 million under its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to pay for 75 percent of the cost to purchase the homes The City with funds committed for land acquisition under the Watershed Memorandum of Agreement will pay for most of the 25 percent local match required under federal regulations The total acreage involved amounts to about 16 acres Future management of these sites which are subject to certain federal restrictions will be overseen by the staff of DEP s Land Acquisition and Stewardship Program which is committed to allowing recreational uses that are compatible with water quality protection and public

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  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
    in the floodplain The voluntary buyout program is part of a FEMA State of Illinois Emergency Management Agency City of Aurora and homeowner effort to purchase structures and land in an area southeast of Aurora around the Mastadon Lake that has experienced repetitive flooding FEMA s grant is 75 of the project s cost The funds are being provided through the agency s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program The 456 922 remaining cost of the project will be paid by the City of Aurora The federal funds were made available under the disaster declarations issued by President Clinton last July for flooding which occurred in 11 Illinois counties The Illinois Emergency Management Agency administers the mitigation program The project is part of FEMA s ongoing effort to assist local governments to acquire at pre disaster fair market value flood prone properties and end the historic cycle of repeated destruction By participating in a mitigation project the city agrees to keep the land clear of structures which could be threatened by future flooding The area being acquired may be used as a park Accomplishing these kinds of preventive projects requires cooperation between homeowners who participate voluntarily and many levels of city state

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  • 1998 TEXAS NEWS
    some areas in which we could never protect the people said Coleen O Brien project manager for the flood district I can never lower the San Jacinto River 10 feet not feasibly nor economically She estimates that throughout the county there are 2 500 homes located in flood plains that are so low the district will want to buy the property as an alternative to continuing to provide flood protection and rebuilding assistance Harris County is focusing buyout efforts on the most flood prone properties in the Forest Cove and Hamblen Estates subdivisions northeast of Houston near Humble Beginning March 1 the buyout program will be expanded to home owners in the Cypress Creek flood plain also north of Houston Ms O Brien project manager for the flood control district says there are enough homes in the flood prone areas that the buyout will go on for years limited only by the money available to buy the land The goal is to get people who live in the flood plains of Harris County out of harm s way before the water comes She says 2 million has been allocated for the purchase of a large number of homes in the Cypress Creek watershed north of Houston beginning March 1 Another 1 million will be available for other purchases in Harris County she said Most homeowners were volunteers for a federally funded county administered program two years ago That Federal Emergency Management Agency program ran out of money before all the tendered homes were purchased To willing sellers the buyout program is a godsend Jackie and John Knight who lived on Sunrise Trail in the Forest Cove subdivision for almost 19 years and who rebuilt after the 1994 flood are among the flood district s happy buy out customers They gave

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  • Developments approved for Manayunk's Venice Island
    doesn t have a financial interest in these properties would think building apartments on this site foolish Lawyers for both developers Dranoff Properties Inc and Realin Properties generally applauded the decision We are pleased that the zoning board after reviewing the record decided Venice Island is appropriate for residential development said Michael Sklaroff Realin s lawyer Venice Island is a low lying 300 acre sliver of land wedged between the canal and the river It has historically been industrial land and it periodically floods The island has flooded 10 times in the last 130 years and much of the proposed development is in the floodway where floodwaters actually flow Neighborhood groups and environmentalists raised concerns that building in the floodway would create safety problems and Image worsen flooding downriver Image Image James L Witt director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA wrote a letter opposing the developments The Delaware River Basin Commission staff was also critical of the plans But hydrological studies submitted to the zoning board and approved by FEMA showed that the developments would not exacerbate flooding Additional studies and designs also submitted to the board showed that efforts had been made to protect the properties and their residents Peter Kelsen lawyer for Dranoff Properties said that all the measures taken by his client had addressed the key issues raised Dranoff is planning to build 160 apartments on the site of the old Namico Soap Factory on Flat Rock Road The old factory would be refurbished some old buildings would be knocked down and some new ones erected The new buildings will be on 12 foot pillars so all apartments will be at least 14 feet above the ground and well above the recorded 100 year flood An emergency elevated walkway from the development to Manayunk will

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  • Zoners approve Venice Island plans
    Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Pennsylvania currently leads the country with death rates during floods FEMA says this decision jeopardizes city flood insurance James Witt director of the National Office of FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency wrote a letter to the board stating that the city s eligibility for the national Flood Insurance Program could be jeopardized if the proposals were approved and that future flood damage presents a heavy burden to the community and to tax payers After reviewing proposals for a total of 430 apartment units from two separate developers the board decided that the properties could include a total of 313 units Dranoff Properties Inc whose proposal was unanimously approved plans to build 160 apartment units on Flatrock Rd where the old Namico Soap Factory is located Realen Properties proposed 260 apartment units at Cotton and Main Streets at the Connelly Container Corporation site and was only approved for 153 units Dennis Maloomiam president of Realen Properties was unavailable for comment at the time of this story Both Dranoff and Realen submitted studies to the board that illustrate how their developments will not negatively affect floodwaters and showing plans that take precautionary efforts to protect the developments and residents Some of these precautionary efforts include the construction of additional bridges and walkways that will link the apartment sites to the mainland Dranoff also plans to erect new buildings on 12 foot pillars so that residents will be 16 feet above the ground which is the recorded flood density of a 100 year storm The community groups are outraged and disappointed in the board s decision gathered at the canal on Saturday toting life jackets and signs that read They thought the Titanic Safe and No Homes in the River and placed an

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