WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $2,716,589 has been awarded to the City of Fairfield Acquisition Project in order to decrease the risk of future flood damage along the Pleasant Run Creek Floodplain. The funding is distributed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
“Communities along the Pleasant Run Creek can rest assured that we are working to avoid future flood damage,” said Brown. “This project will decrease the financial impact on Butler County’s homeowners and local governments following a disaster.”
The funds will allow the City of Fairfield to acquire and remove 17 residential flood-prone structures from the Pleasant Run Creek floodplain. Many of the structures have been damaged by previous floods and are abandoned. Following the removal of the structures, the land will be dedicated to open space uses in perpetuity by deed restrictions.
HMGP provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The program is designed to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. Through HMGP, FEMA will pay 75 percent of the $3.6 million project. FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders in order to build, sustain, and improve capabilities to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.