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Gloucester homeowners receive grant to elevate homes

Gloucester will receive a grant totaling more than $1 million to elevate 11 residential structures in the county. County officials learned of the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant last Wednesday.

The properties were damaged as a result of repetitive flooding, said Nick Morici, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees FEMA.

FEMA will pay a total of $1,011,551, Morici said, or 75 percent of the elevation costs. Christi Lewis, director of community education for Gloucester, said the Commonwealth of Virginia will pay 20 percent of the costs, with the individual homeowners involved each paying 5 percent of the cost.

Lewis said the grant will cover 11 houses that will be elevated in the Jenkins Neck, Maryus and Ware Point areas. The county accepted applications for the program, which were ranked by flood zone, a community education spokesperson said.

The funding will help reduce future flood risk, Lewis said, and help keep the affected homeowners ...

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