County Seeks Close To $1 Million From Fema

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Gila County is applying for nearly a million dollars in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds due to last January’s flooding in the Tonto Basin area.

Supervisors have authorized the Gila County Emergency Management Department to submit four different grant applications for FEMA money. The applications are:

• $464,492 for the buyout of properties in the

• flood plain;

• $350,000 for a vertical heights road repair

• project;

• $69,625 to hire a flood mitigation analyst for an

• 18-month period; and

• $50,000 for an elevation project.

The buyout and road repair money require a 25 percent match from the county. Submitting the grants just starts the process, there is no guarantee the applications will be accepted and so no obligation to the county, explained Matthew Bolinger, director of the emergency management department.

The flood mitigation analyst would provide an outreach service for the county to educate residents with property in the flood plain about flood insurance and how to lessen the risk of damage.

“Only one percent of the homes in the county have flood insurance. We want to increase the number of residents with the insurance and improve their flood preparedness,” Bolinger told the supervisors at their Jan. 4 meeting.

The analyst would also be able to help people with the application for flood insurance, which is provided by the federal government.

The elevation project is for a single residence in the Tonto Basin area.

The owner must come up with the 25 percent match if the grant application is successful, Bolinger said.

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