Pulaski County Receives $425,000 from State Flood Control Matching Grant Program

Press Release - 08/30/2019

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Pulaski County Receives $425,000 from State Flood Control Matching Grant Program

Funds to Be Used For Acquisition of Aerial Photography

FRANKFORT, KY (August 30, 2019) – The Department for Local Government (DLG) has announced a $425,000 grant from the Flood Control Program to Pulaski County Fiscal Court on behalf of 63 counties across central and eastern Kentucky. The grant is part of an ongoing effort to secure the most current and accurate elevation data using LiDAR (a portmanteau of "light" and "radar”) technology.

Having the most current and accurate elevation data, coupled with high-resolution digital aerial photography, greatly improves the results of and decreases the timeframe taken to complete the Risk MAP (Mapping, Assessment, & Planning) update for a given County.

Securing funding for the acquisition of new digital aerial photography for this project is the first step in planning for and addressing flooding problems that routinely impact the county’s citizens and businesses. This new data will be used in conjunction with previously collected LiDAR derived elevation data that was partially funded with Flood Control Local Matching Funds.

“Flooding is Kentucky’s most costly natural disaster, both in terms of financial loss and anguish suffered by victims. Areal flooding often causes extensive property damage and impacts the health and well-being of citizens across the Commonwealth,” DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo said. “Kentucky’s topography concentrates and intensifies the flooding in the valleys where most communities and developed areas exist. I’m pleased that DLG can contribute to this important effort, and I’d like to thank the agencies that partnered together to fund this project.”

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 http://kydlgweb.ky.gov/.