MWCD to assist in relocation of homeowners in flood-prone area of Carroll County

July 10, 2009

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) and Brown Township trustees in Carroll County have signed a project assistance agreement to help relocate 30 homeowners from a flood-prone area near Malvern.

 

The MWCD will serve as a local cost-share partner with Brown Township trustees to assist the homeowners in the Malwayne Acres development. The MWCD will provide $140,000 in funding for the program, which will help the township receive a federal grant to pay for the bulk of the costs.

 

U.S. Rep. Zack Space, D-Dover, and trustees from Brown Township requested assistance from the MWCD to help fund the local match required for award of a federal grant of nearly $900,000 for the purchase and removal of 30 homes in the development. The area has suffered significant flooding in 2004, 2005 and 2008, and all of the residents to be relocated have volunteered to move from the area.

 

Brown Township will contribute nearly $73,000 toward the required $222,728 match amount, with the MWCD providing the remaining $140,000. The removal of the homes will restore floodplain storage and reduce the rate of inflow into Bolivar Reservoir, according to MWCD officials.

 

The MWCD will pay for its share of the costs for the Carroll County project – along with other identified maintenance projects at the reservoirs, dams and in the watershed – through an assessment of property owners in the watershed pursuant to Ohio law, for which collection began this year.

 

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state of Ohio, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, leading to the construction of 14 reservoirs and dams several years later. The MWCD is a partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in the operation of the system of dams and reservoirs in the watershed, as the USACE operates the dams and the MWCD manages most of the reservoir areas behind the dams.

 

Since their construction, the dams and reservoirs have prevented more than $7 billion worth of property damage from flooding, according to the USACE.

 

The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne and Washington.

 

Contact: Darrin Lautenschleger

Public Affairs Administrator

Toll-free: (877) 363-8500

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