2012 Morgan County HMGP Local Cost Share Funding Request
Steve Ferryman, Mitigation Branch Chief from OEMA, has submitted a request for PWM funding to cover the local cost share for a hazard mitigation project in Morgan County. Specifically, fourteen residential structures along the Muskingum River are to be acquired and demolished. These structures have been flooded in 1998, 2004, 2005, and 2008, and removal of the structures will recreate a natural floodplain in perpetuity.
The Amendment to the Official Plan under section DS-7 states, “MWCD will assist federal, state, and local governments with flood mitigation projects…including the purchasing and demolition of properties located in easement zones or in flood zones.” To that end, a program was created in partnership with OEMA for this purpose. The selection and review of these projects is done solely by OEMA in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Once a project is selected and approved by these agencies, OEMA has agreed to approach MWCD with projects needing local cost share as appropriate throughout MWCD’s jurisdictional boundary.
Amount Requested from MWCD PWM Program- $108,094.00
Amount Granted- $108,094.00
Amount Expended on the project- $92,287.77
This project was approved by the MWCD Board of Directors in April 2012. The project has been on going through the end of 2015/Spring 2016 when FEMA allowed Morgan County to purchase additional properties that lie in the flood plain area.