Daviess County Receives $272,909 from State Flood Control Matching Grant Program

Press Release - 12/14/2018

Daviess County Receives $272,909 from State Flood Control Matching Grant Program
FRANKFORT, Ky. (December 14, 2018) – The Department for Local Government (DLG) has announced a $272,909 grant from the Flood Control Matching Grant Program to Daviess County Fiscal Court. The funding effort will allow the county to acquire and demolish 10 homes on Wyndcrest Drive that are prone to flooding.

On average, Wyndcrest Drive floods two or more times a year, submerging homes in several feet of water. This causes delayed emergency responder access and difficulties for residents.

“The county’s decision to acquire these properties for flood mitigation came after serious consideration by local officials and a 2016 study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” DLG Commissioner Sandra K. Dunahoo said. “Officials determined that this was the most cost-effective way to prevent loss of life and property from future flooding events. This is a potentially life-saving project, and I’m pleased that the Department for Local Government could play a role.”

The total project cost is expected to be $1.4 million, with multiple agencies providing funds. For the Daviess County project, FEMA is contributing $830,388; Kentucky Emergency Management is contributing $176,527 and Daviess County Fiscal Court is contributing $191,238.

“In the past, the county has tried time and again to alleviate the flooding issues for these 10 households,” Sen. Joe Bowen said. “I’m glad to see FEMA and state agencies come together to fund a solution.”

“Flooding in this part of the county has closed roads and caused significant challenges for residents,” Rep. Robby Mills said. “I’d like to thank DLG and all the contributing agencies for working together to make this project possible.”

About the Flood Control Program

The Flood Control Program uses state bond funds as grants to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with flood mitigation projects funded by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and USDA Rural Development.

Examples of projects previously funded through the program include small dam reconstruction, acquisition of homes in flood-prone areas, debris removal and construction of floodwalls.

About the Department for Local Government

The Department for Local Government is an arm of the Office of the Governor dedicated to supporting local officials and communities. For more information, visit dlg.ky.gov.


More Flood Control Announcements from Dec. 14, 2018:

Mason County

City of Mount Vernon