Learn about FEMA flood grants tonight

September 10, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — Noon Sept. 10, 2009

Officials will hold a final pair of meetings about the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program at 7 tonight in the Pickering Room at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.

City officials will apply for cash through the program. The grants, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are set up to help prevent future flood losses at commercial and residential buildings.

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 located 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.

Call Ritland at 837-3410 or e-mail him at kerryr@ci.issaquah.wa.us to learn more.

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