USA. Berkeley Lake gets $2.6 million Federal Grant to repair dam

USA. Berkeley Lake gets $2.6 million Federal Grant to repair dam

Saturday, 21 January 2012
The city of Berkeley Lake, Ga., is getting more than $2.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency toward repairs of its Berkeley Lake Dam.

FEMA Regional Administrator Phil May announced $2,607,750 in additional grant funds to repair the dam after historic flooding in September 2009. FEMA provides 75 percent of the eligible project costs. The total project cost is estimated to be $3,580,558. FEMA provides the money to the state, which is responsible for relaying it to the city.

The September 2009 rainfall caused a torrent of water to deface a large section, about 35 feet by 30 feet, of the dam’s downstream embankment. The loss of the earthen face compromised much of the dam. After the flood, local, state and FEMA officials examined and verified the damage and made repair recommendations.

After the project, the dam will meet current Georgia Safe Dams Program criteria. It will better control seepage and will reduce the chance of slope failure by removing some of the existing downstream slope and residual materials all over the dam, installing an internal drainage system, and placing new compacted fill material. The result will be a flatter, more stable configuration.

“This grant will help the city of Berkeley Lake recover financially from one of Georgia’s worst natural disasters and at the same time help to make it safer against any future one,” May said. “Disasters, flooding in particular, can really debilitate a community’s infrastructure and, with it, its financial outlook. The grants are the helping hand to recovery.”

The money is from FEMA’s Public Assistance program, and the grant also reimburses the city for costs associated with maintenance and continuing project management. FEMA provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and those of certain private non-profit organizations. FEMA’s Public Assistance program is designed to return eligible facilities to their pre-disaster condition.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 January 2012 )

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