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Federal Disaster Funding for California and North Dakota Announced

by: Emergency Information Media Affairs

WASHINGTON May 8, 1998 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant worth $1.1 million in hazard mitigation funds to Napa County for the elevating of homes above the floodplain along the Napa River in northern California, Vice President Gore announced today.

"President Clinton and I fully endorse and strongly support the work Napa County officials and the state of California are doing to better protect families from disaster losses," Vice President Gore said. "The partnership between federal, state and local governments will enable us to take preventative steps that will protect homes from the costly damage of future flooding."

The two-stage flood mitigation project entails the elevation of 30 single-family homes, taking them out of the reach of fast-flowing water in the Napa River Watershed. By elevating the homes, erosion, undercutting and undermining will be lessened, which also will decrease the amount of silt and other debris washing down the Napa River in future floods.

FEMA's funding, amounting to $1,125,000, will pay for 75 percent of the total project cost of $1.5 million. The balance will be funded by local sources.

The federal funding was authorized under President Clinton's major disaster declaration issued in the wake of last February's floods, and made available through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. In each Presidentially declared disaster, a percentage of FEMA's recovery funds is allocated for the program and provided to the state for approved projects that reduce future disaster risks.

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