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Public Notice of Intent

Public Notice of the Intent of FEMA to Fund a Project
Date: June 22, 2017
Summary:
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Project # DR4278 Daviess County Acquisition Public Notice

Notification is hereby given to the public of the intent of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide grant funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to the State of Kentucky, who will provide funds to the Daviess County Fiscal Court, Kentucky to acquire and demolish flood-prone properties.
The proposed undertaking is the acquisition of ten properties located within the 100-year floodplain of Rhodes Creek. All of these homes have either suffered flooding damage, inaccessibility to their home due to street flooding, or both. The acquisition will be from willing sellers only. The properties will be acquired, structures demolished, and sites graded and seeded. Deed restrictions will prohibit future development and sites will be maintained in perpetuity as open space under the Daviess County Fiscal Court.
Federal Executive Orders 11988, Floodplain Management, and 11990, Protection of Wetlands, require federal agencies to review proposed actions in floodplains and/or wetlands and explore practicable alternatives to avoid, minimize or mitigate potential impacts. A Daviess County drainage study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in September 2016 showed Rhodes Creek modifications (i.e. detention basin(s), culvert replacement(s), channel modification(s), etc.) to not be cost-effective in regards to flood prevention. The alternative to acquisition/demolition would be to leave the properties vulnerable to an ongoing cycle of flooding, repairs and rebuilding. The proposed acquisition project will remove structures from the floodplain and create open space to restore the beneficial values served by floodplains and wetlands.
The public is invited to provide comments about this project. Written comments may be submitted by mail to Daviess County Fiscal Court, Andy Ball, 212 St. Ann St. STE 205, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303, or by email to aball@daviessky.org. Comments should be submitted within thirty (30) days of this notice.