Local Mitigation Grant Examples

Local Grant Projects

Whitley County Landslide Project

This local success story describes the process of stabilizing a roadway along a steep hillside in rural Whitley County using hazard mitigation grant funding from FEMA and KYEM.


London Whitley Branch Drainage Success Story

Learn how the City of London successfully utilized mitigation grant funding from FEMA and KYEM to mitigate flooding with an upgraded drainage system.


Open Space – Flood-prone neighborhood is converted into a park

Shepherdsville, Kentucky

Shepherdsville, a small town in Kentucky, transformed a flood-prone neighborhood into a popular community park.  In 1997, backflow from the Ohio River left 90% of the town underwater and forced the evacuation of 1,000 people.  Afterward, the town secured FEMA grants to elevate homes south of the river and raze 20 damaged homes in a neighborhood on First Street.  The town converted the land left vacant by the demolition into a park with trails, softball fields and recreational equipment, providing the community with new green space as well as a floodwater buffer zone.

Benefits of Mitigation of the Shepherdsville projects

Economic benefits – $3.2 million Total monetized benefits

Return on investment – 144.5% Estimated return on investment

Benefit-cost ratio – 2.5 Benefit-cost ratio 

Source: White, Esther. Establishing Long-Term Cost Effectiveness of FEMA Buyouts: A Loss Avoidance Study of the Acquisition/Demolition of 22 Properties in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, 2011

Read more about the project: http://www.floodeconomics.com/communities/shepherdsville-ky/

Flood Mitigation Funding Opportunities

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