2012 Tuscarawas County HMGP
Steve Ferryman, Mitigation Branch Chief from Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA), has submitted a request for Partners in Watershed Management (PWM) funding to cover the local cost share for a hazard mitigation project in Tuscarawas County. Specifically, eight residential structures along the Tuscarawas River downstream of Dover Dam are to be acquired and demolished. These structures have been repeatedly flooded and removal of the structures will recreate a natural floodplain in perpetuity. Removal of the structures will enhance the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s ability to operate Dover Dam.
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 Grant Program- $158,465.00
Amount Granted for Project- $158,465.00
Amount Expended- $100,837.17
This project was approved for funding by the MWCD Board of Directors in August 2012. The project began in Fall 2012 through Fall 2015/Spring 2016.