"The Town of Martin Redevelopment Project has been uniquely challenging; however, it is good to hear that the Corps is committing additional resources to protect this community from the ongoing threat of flooding," said Rogers. "Devastating floods have paved a difficult path for families and businesses in Martin for far too long, but these additional funds move us towards a safer community and project completion."
The Corps' Section 202 project is cost-shared with 95% federal and 5% non-federal funds. The Corps will invest $12.9 million for construction of the Floyd County Alternative School and $2 million for development of the Town Hall and Police Station.
"The Army Civil Works program supports the Nation's economy, environment and quality of life," said Army Col. Leon Parrott, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District. "With the funding provided in fiscal year 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will advance the important work of protecting the lives and property of this community."
In May 2013, Rogers joined the Corps for a ribbon-cutting celebration to commemorate the completion of the Martin Volunteer Fire Department. Numerous homes and businesses have also been removed from the floodway. The ongoing project includes flood safe redevelopment, mandatory floodplain evacuation, voluntary flood proofing and acquisition, and relocation of public facilities.
The Town of Martin has suffered ten major floods in its history.
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit http://halrogers.house.gov/ or follow Rogers on Twitter or on Facebook.