Upton Announces FEMA Flood Prevention Grant for Southwest Michigan Township
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced and applauded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant that will provide $722,275 for flood prevention and damage mitigation efforts in Texas Township, Michigan. The federal allotment will be supplemented by $257,425 in local funds.
“In recent years, Texas Township has endured some terrible rain, heavy flooding, and extensive damage to homes and the local area as a result,” said Upton. “This grant will provide crucial resources to help the township construct a long-term solution and respond to future flooding in the area. I am grateful that FEMA has recognized the imminent risk of flooding and water damage in Southwest Michigan, and welcome this long anticipated investment for the folks who call Texas Township – and greater Kalamazoo County – home.”
“The record level of flooding in the Township since 2018 has devastated numerous homes and cost taxpayers millions in repairs,” said Nick Loeks, supervisor of the Township. “We are grateful that our petition for these FEMA dollars has been granted to help fund the long-term flooding solutions we are coordinating with the Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner’s office. These monies will help offset the project costs for the affected residents and we are thankful for the assistance from Congressman Upton and his office.”
Over the last several years, Upton has worked with Township and State officials to assess the impacts of severe water damage and help secure federal relief for countless communities that have suffered at the hands of historic flooding in Kalamazoo County and across the region. The Texas Township flooding, around Eagle and Crooked Lakes, has been ongoing since 2018, and pumping commenced in May of 2019 with water levels slowly receding since.
In 2018, Upton also sent a letter to FEMA urging them to support local recovery efforts and help orchestrate a long-term plan to help the township prevent future flooding and destruction. To date, millions of dollars in damages have been reported due to flooding in Southwest Michigan.
The Flood Mitigation Assistance Program, through which the grant is funded, is a competitive program that supports local, state, and federal initiatives to reduce the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program.
To read more about the FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant, click here.