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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 07, 2011
Contact: Gary Waugh, DCR Public Relations Manager, (804) 786-5045, gary.waugh@dcr.virginia.gov

Grants available for dam and floodplain projects (April 7, 2011)

RICHMOND – Dam owners and local governments can apply for $855,000 in grants available from the Virginia Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund. The maximum amount available per grant will be based on project scoring and the total amount of funds requested. Requests must be submitted by May 10, 2011. The fund is managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Dam safety grants are available for private dam owners and local governments. Grants can be used to develop dam break inundation zone analysis, mapping and digitization; emergency action plans; incremental damage analysis and engineering costs related to dam repairs.

Local governments are also eligible for flood prevention and protection grants. Funds can be used for local flood warning and response systems such as reverse 911 and the web-based Integrated Flood Observing Warning System or IFLOWS. Funds can also be used to improve local floodplain programs including upgrades allowing localities to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System. Residents in CRS localities receive discounts on flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program. Local governments can also use grant funds to improve floodplain information and education programs.

Completed grant applications must be received by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation by close of business May 10. A copy of the grant manual with all criteria, conditions and submittal information can be found on the department’s website at www.dcr.virginia.gov. From the homepage click on “Dam Safety and Floodplain Management.” Or call DCR with questions at 804-786-1712 and press “5” for Dam Safety and Floodplain Management.

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