Committee Approves Funding For Kentucky Flood Control Projects

WASHINGTON DC.—U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that a key committee in the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation this week that includes $9.425 million in federal funding for flood control efforts in southern and eastern Kentucky. Rogers secured the money in important funding bills for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Recent flooding in the Midwest is a critical reminder of the damage and destruction high waters and overtopped banks can cause. Our families and communities know this reality all too well. That is why I remain vigilant in pursuing these funds for our region,” stated Rogers. “Critical flood protection projects in our counties will receive the funding necessary to guard homes, insulate businesses, channel rivers, and reduce the potential for flood losses.”

The FY09 Energy & Water Appropriations bill provides $7 million for flood control and flood reduction activities along the Levisa and Tug forks of the Big Sandy and Cumberland Rivers. This includes funding for construction projects in the Town of Martin, the Cities of Cumberland and Middlesboro, the community of Clover Fork, as well as Harlan, Martin, Bell and Pike Counties. Funding will also be made available to continue studies in Floyd, Knox, Johnson, and Whitley Counties.

The FY09 Homeland Security Appropriations bill also contains $2.425 million for FEMA to conduct a pilot project with federal, state, and local stakeholders for regional flood mitigation including hardening of flood walls and levees, pump system refurbishment, and bridge modifications. The demonstration project affords FEMA opportunities to work and think progressively on existing Corps’ flood mitigation projects within the Cumberland and Big Sandy River watersheds.

These agency funding bills are scheduled to be considered by the full House of Representatives later this summer. Rogers works to obtain federal funding for projects across southern and eastern Kentucky in his role as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.

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  • by Bill on Jun 26, 2008 at 04:44 AM
    So what the last time we got a big flood control project they called FishTrap.A place now that people are not allowed to go,and where people are hauled to jail or fined for being there.Where wild animals are turned loose on our communitys.People are talked to like dogs riding thier ATVs,or fined and there equipment is taken.=Keep your money Hal=
  • by william Location: seky on Jun 25, 2008 at 11:50 PM
    Well how nice now if Hal Rogers will spend a little of that money on highway 229 from London to Barbourville 229 is about a 20 mile stretch of roadway and dont flood anywhere on it until you get to the Barbourville side close to 25 east the road gets under water enough to stop traffic 229 is one of the most dangerous roadways in Kentucky with hills and curves meeting people travel at speeds of 70 mph and faster in 25 mph speed zones the road sides has cross and flowers that mark so many fatal car wrecks on 229 its dangerous as can be like a blacktop wagon trail with eighteen wheelers speeding three and four in a line 70 mph why 229 is ignored I dont understand it should be a four lane fifteen years ago long over due sling some of that $9.425 million highway 229 God knows it needs it.


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