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Gloucester decides to stick with Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Gloucester County will continue to allow residents who have begun the process of receiving federal grant money either to elevate their homes or sell their flood-prone properties to continue through with the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

This comes after several supervisors questioned whether the county should be involved in the program at all. A discussion on the matter was held during Tuesday night’s board meeting in the colonial courthouse.

Gloucester County has managed 13 of these grants totaling over $11.8 million since Hurricane Isabel ravaged the area in late 2003.

According to Gloucester’s assistant county administrator for community development Garrey Curry, these grants are funded 75 percent by the federal government, 20 percent by the state and 5 percent by the property owner.

The money is used to purchase the properties, which are then transferred to be managed by the county. The program is designed to help homeowners in flood-prone areas to elevate their ...

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