WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the City of Lancaster has been awarded $1.2 million for a storm water management improvement project to help the city address damage from severe storms and straight-line winds that occurred between June 29, 2012 and July 2, 2012. The funding is distributed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
Storm water management includes efforts to treat, store, or otherwise control polluted storm water runoff. This results in cleaner water systems and reduced flooding during sudden rains.
“These new federal resources will help minimize pollution, reduce flooding, and strengthen the city’s infrastructure,” Brown said. “More than two years ago, Lancaster was hit hard by severe winds and straight-line storms. These funds will not only help repair that damage but work to ensure local resources are protected from future severe weather.”
HMGP provides grants to help state and local governments implement long-term hazard mitigation measures following major disasters. The program is designed to begin hazard mitigation during the immediate recovery of a disaster and to reduce the loss of life and property. Through HMGP, FEMA will pay 47 percent of the $2.6 million project.