The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) announced that a little over $1 million was awarded to the Village of La Valle, population of 360, in Sauk County. The funds will be used for the acquisition and demolition of five properties which are prone to flooding.
By removing the structures from the Baraboo River floodplain, the area may be able to transition into open green space.
“The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program helps create safer communities by reducing loss of life and property damage,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator of FEMA Region 5. “This project will eliminate future structural losses in La Valle by permanently removing these properties from the floodplain, greatly reducing the financial impact on individuals and the community.”
Dr. Darrell L. Williams, Wisconsin Emergency Management administrator added that, “flooding can be devastating for a community and it’s imperative that we take every step necessary to reduce the impact it has on people and where they live … I would like to thank FEMA for making this valuable funding available to the village of La Valle, so that they can take steps to prevent future hardships.”
Such grants are awarded to provide state and local governments the ability to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. Through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), FEMA pays for 75% of eligible project costs. As part of the funding, an initial $25,000 was provided to assist the Village of La Valle in managing the grant.