Learn about FEMA flood grants at today’s meeting

August 27, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Aug. 27, 2009

City officials will apply for cash through the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to help prevent future flood losses at commercial and residential buildings.

Officials will hold a pair of meetings about the program. The first is at 5 p.m. today in the Pickering Room at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W. The second meeting is at 7 p.m. Sept. 10, at the same location.

The proposed project includes elevating first floors of up to eight homes and flood-proofing three commercial buildings to prevent floodwaters from causing extensive damage to the buildings.

The residential properties are in the Sycamore area and Northwest Cherry Place. The commercial property is comprised of the three buildings of Gilman Square, which received heavy damage during January flooding.

City Surface Water Manager Kerry Ritland said it would cost $80,000 to $120,000 per home to elevate the structure. He said he was waiting for an estimate for the commercial properties.

Property owners would fund the local share of the grant. No city dollars are involved in the project, save for staff time for the grant application and administration.

The properties targeted under the grant program have been subject to past flooding that caused damage and displacement of homeowners and businesses.

The grants are funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Contact Ritland at 837-3410 or kerryr@ci.issaquah.wa.us to learn more.

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