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Gloucester received a third of statewide flood mitigation grants

With the latest round of flood mitigation projects closed out, Gloucester County received $331,594, or 34 percent of available Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding statewide.

Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the grant money, totaling $985,000 statewide, was used to educate the public on flood hazards, mitigate future flood damage to properties and plan for and reduce hazard risks to communities across the commonwealth.

According to Gloucester’s Director of Engineering Brian Lewis, who helps oversee the program for the county, the funding allowed two homes in Gloucester to be elevated, minimizing the risk of future flooding to those residences. It also allowed for two properties to be acquired, completely removing those residences from harm’s way.

“The HMGP is a voluntary program,” Lewis said. “And the county maintains a list of residents interested in participating in the program whenever a disaster declaration is issued.&...

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