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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today more than $2.18 Million in FY09 federal funding is now available for several communities in the Big Sandy and Cumberland River watersheds for flood control and hazard mitigation demonstration projects.

"The devastating storms that ripped through Kentucky nearly two weeks ago, left behind a grim reminder of the importance of not only creating, but maintaining flood control projects," said Congressman Rogers. "These funds are vital to communities that otherwise cannot afford to meet the costs of repairs, replacements and various compliance issues for flood protection.”

The following projects will receive funding:

KY IFLOWS $870,643.96 to repair, replace and add stream and rain sensors in Eastern Kentucky
Barbourville $130,336 for high flow diversion channel cleaning
Corbin $265,000 for drainage repairs to prevent flooding around nursing homes on Bacon Creek Road
Floyd County $150,000 for a flood prevention study on KY 114
Pineville $300,000 for floodwall compliance
Pikeville $120,000 for certification of floodwall
Pike County $350,784 for certification of floodwall

The Kentucky Emergency Management Office (KyEM) has teamed up with Congressman Rogers’ office for the first time to oversee each of the listed flood control and hazard mitigation projects. KyEM is proactively working with local governments to ensure all community flood projects remain compliant to standards set forth by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA.

John W. Heltzel, director of KyEM, stated, "Congressman Rogers' leadership and commitment to eastern Kentucky is noteworthy. We applaud the Congressman's forward thinking which will benefit many Kentucky citizens and enhance their quality of life." He continued, "This type of partnership and funding makes a great addition to our state hazard mitigation plans and projects. Congressman Rogers' vision has created a unique partnership which provides much-needed assistance to local officials and enables Kentucky Emergency Management to expand its efforts to protect communities from disaster hazards."

Heltzel concluded by saying, "We look forward to future partnerships and working together to help mitigate against future flood damage.”

Through his role as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Rogers continues to support flood control initiatives for the Fifth Congressional District.