January 12, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $1.5 Million in FEMA Funding to the City of Frederick for Flood Prevention

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced that the City of Frederick will receive over $1.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to strengthen the city’s flood prevention infrastructure.

The funding will go towards repairs to Stormwater Pump Station #3, a critical part of Frederick’s storm water management system that diverts water from densely populated areas to a man-made retention lake. The repairs will include the construction of a new building over the existing station to house the motors, electrical gear, controls, and existing generator.

A cost-benefit analysis revealed that the failure of the Pump Station #3 threatens nearly $2.2 million in property damage, and 13 properties with a value of $8.7 million.

“Recurrent flooding is hurting local Frederick businesses, homes and residents. This new round of federal funding will support the critical repairs to stormwater systems to help mitigate flooding and reduce the risk of damage to the town and residents,” said Senator Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “As the threat of climate change continues to worsen the frequency and impact of flooding, strengthening our resilience to these events is essential to safeguarding residents and our communities. Team Maryland will continue to promote investing in water infrastructure upgrades to prevent future damage and keep Marylanders safe across the state.”

“Strengthening Frederick’s storm water management system will help protect residents’ homes and local businesses from flooding. These funds will ensure Frederick can complete this much-needed update – while creating good local jobs in the process,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Environment and Public Works Committees. “We will keep fighting for funds to help modernize our infrastructure and protect Maryland communities and businesses.”

“Over the past two years, I’ve heard from city residents and elected officials that Frederick’s flood prevention infrastructure is in desperate need of repair, putting homes, businesses, and lives at risk,” said Rep. Trone. “This much-needed funding is a huge victory and will help us build a safer Frederick.”

“Thank you to FEMA and MEMA for their partnership and collaboration to protect the life, health, and safety of the Frederick community,” said Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor. “As climate change intensifies the weather events we experience, improvements to our stormwater management system are critical to mitigate storm impacts in the future. The efforts funded by this grant aid our response and help to ensure the quality of life remains high in Frederick.”