U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced $6 million in federal funding for continued flood protection projects in the City of Cumberland. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released the 2016 work plan, which included property acquisitions, bridge development and flood proofing along the Levisa and Tug Forks and the Upper Cumberland River. Rogers worked to secure the funding in the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill.
"Flood proofing and bridge rehabilitation has been critical to all of our communities along the Cumberland River where decades of reoccurring floods have finally been mitigated, saving lives and homes along the river banks," said Rogers. "I applaud the Corps for persevering through challenges over the years to ensure flood control projects continue to be a priority in our region."
The funding will be utilized for widening the Poor Fork Channel, contract development for the Shepherd Street Bridge replacement and continued flood proofing. The Corps' Section 202 project is cost-shared with 95% federal and 5% non-federal funds.
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, Instagram or on Facebook.