WASHINGTON, DC.—U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that several flood control projects underway are slated to receive $7 million in federal funding to continue mitigation efforts. The funding legislation passed the House of Representatives today.
Projects include flood-proofing homes and businesses, constructing floodwalls and improving waterways. In some cases, public buildings and private homes will be relocated, while in other jurisdictions Army Corps of Engineers are conducting initial studies to determine the proper course of action.
“It is impossible to promote economic development, attract new jobs, or create a better standard of living if our communities are constantly recovering from the death and destruction of raging flood waters,” said Rogers. “This funding will help save people’s lives, homes and property, and will also encourage businesses to expand and set up shop without the worry of flooding.”
Ongoing work will continue in the following jurisdictions:
• Clover Fork- Harlan County
There are 385 structures eligible for various mitigation measures including raising foundation levels and moving buildings to higher ground.
• City of Cumberland – Harlan County
Plans call for channel modifications of Poor Fork and Looney Creek, to reduce the likelihood of flooding, including re-modification of six bridges and other mitigation measures for homes and businesses.
• Harlan County
Plans include flood-proofing homes and businesses and making waterway improvements. To date, flood relief efforts have been initiated in the Cumberland River and Poor Fork basins, and the Keith, Fresh Meadows, Baxter and Rosspoint waterways.
• Pike County
Continues work on flood-proofing and relocating 345 structures on Tug Fork tributaries. Already some 259 structures on the main-stem of the Tug Fork have been acquired or flood proofed.
• Martin County
Continues work along the Tug Fork, where there are 353 eligible structures. Acquired 80 properties and flood proofed 132.
• Town of Martin - Floyd County
Relocating the school, town hall and the police and fire stations will preserve the Town of Martin. In all, some 200 structures are eligible for relocation.
As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers works to secure funding for important projects in the fifth district.