CHICAGO (WKOW) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) released more than $1.9 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to Reedsburg on Friday.
The $1,952,078 will pay for the acquisition and removal of 20 buildings.
"This project will ensure the health, safety and welfare of the people who lived in these homes," said Janet M. Odeshoo, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region V. "The acquisition will help prevent future structural losses, emergency repair costs and the financial obligations of federal, state and local governments."
HMGP funds will be used to remove these homes from a flood-prone area. The area will be made into a permanent open space. Projects like this one are a large part of disaster prevention efforts.
"We continue to deal with the after effects of the devastating 2008 flooding," said Wisconsin Emergency Management Acting Administrator Steve Paterson. "This funding will help many families impacted by the floods in the Reedsburg area to start over."
HMGP provides grants to state and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures. Through HMGP, FEMA will play 75 percent of the project costs. The state of Wisconsin and the city of Reedsburg will each provide $325,346 towards the project. The Wisconsin Department of Commerce will provide the city with a Community Development Block Grant for the local match funding.