October 02, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $2.6 Million for Disaster and Hazard Mitigation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, David Trone (all-Md.) today announced $2,612,302 in federal funding for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to invest in flood prevention and hazard mitigation efforts along the Eastern Shore.

“Flooding and other natural disasters have a long-lasting impact on Marylanders, their homes and their businesses. These new federal dollars will help our state implement preventative measures that save lives, strengthen our infrastructure, and build resiliency in our local economies,” said the lawmakers. “Team Maryland will continue to work to secure additional resources to better prepare and protect our communities from future emergencies.”   

“The availability of such funding will be extremely beneficial to Somerset County and the waterfront community of Crisfield as we prepare for future natural disasters,” said Doug Taylor, County Administrator, Somerset County. 

“This is wonderful news for Wicomico County.  These funds will allow us to develop and identify hazards that need to be mitigated reducing the risks for our County.  Our Planning and Zoning and Emergency Services will work closely with MEMA to accomplish the goal,” said Acting County Executive John Psota. 

Funding breakdown and awardees are as follows:

  • Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grants:
    • City of Cambridge Flood Mitigation Strategies: $250,000
    • Dorchester County Flood Mitigation Plan: $30,000
    • City of Annapolis Flood Mitigation Plan: $31,250
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grants:
    • Wicomico County 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update: $50,000
    • Cecil County 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update: $40,000
    • Talbot County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update: $50,000
    • Dorchester County 2022 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update: $33,600
    • Wicomico County Cove Road Acquisition Project: $251,758.81
    • Wicomico County (Somerset) Home Elevation Projects: $357,056
    • Dorchester County Twin Point Cove Shoreline Resiliency Plan: $50,000
    • Crisfield Tide Gates, Culvert Modification and Pumping Stations: $1,379,474

Funding comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency.