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Westport Offers New FEMA Grants To Eliminate Flood Risks

The front yard of a house on Bermuda Road in the Saugatuck Shores area of Westport was flooded after Hurricane Irene.
The front yard of a house on Bermuda Road in the Saugatuck Shores area of Westport was flooded after Hurricane Irene. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Town of Westport is applying to FEMA’s Flood Mitigation Assistance program to get funds to help reduce or eliminate the risk of flood damage on buildings in town.

The money can be used for mitigation of structures in the town's coastal flood zones and insured under the National Flood Insurance Program.

Projects that would be eligible for funding include:

  • Structural Elevations
  • Property Acquisitions and Structure Demolition
  • Dry Flood-proofing (Non-residential only)
  • Mitigation Re-construction

Westport residents who own property covered by a current NFIP policy are eligible to apply.

While any NFIP insured property can apply to the program, FEMA said priority will be given to structures listed as Severe Repetitive Loss and Repetitive Loss.

FMA is a nationally competitive grant program, and is not Connecticut specific. Applications will be subjected to federal ranking and there is no guarantee of funding.

Homeowners will be responsible for providing much of the information required to complete the application. Specifically, the homeowner will be required to provide a professionally developed cost estimate, construction plans, and elevation grades.

Homeowners with questions and those intending to apply should contact Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury or Michele Onofrio at the Westport Office of Emergency Management 203-341-5024 as soon as possible. Completed grant applications are due June 9.

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