Gloucester County, Va.

Project Description
Between September 18, 2003, and October 10, 2016, torrential storms accompanying Hurricanes Isabel, Tropical Storm (T.S.) Gaston, T.S. Ernesto, T.S. Ida, T.S. Irene, Hurricane Sandy, and Hurricane Matthew dumped approximately 5-10 inches of rain per storm in the York District of the county. High tides from several named and unnamed storms also damaged properties in the area. The low-lying York and Severn River watersheds were overwhelmed by the events and high water flooded many homes. The Guinea area of Gloucester was the hardest hit area and suffered damage to dozens of businesses and hundreds of homes. Extensive damages also occurred in the Jenkins Neck, Achilles, and Maryus communities. Under Hurricane Isabel alone, 35 residential units were deemed irreparable and subsequently demolished.

Summit assisted the County in the development of a Disaster Mitigation Recovery Plan. The firm worked with community stakeholders and the County to identify major obstacles and opportunities and to develop strategies and goals for flood recovery. All work products were considered in relation to the availability of state and federal funds. A recovery program was developed that included flood relief/mitigation, housing, recreation, and conservation. Since 2005, the plan has used both Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant funds and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist in the construction of new homes as well as the elevation of over 100 homes out of the floodway. The program also helped to establish a community park as well as to create over 100 acres of dedicated permanent open space in some of the most environmentally sensitive areas of the County. The applications submitted under the various grants resulted in over $750,000 in CDBG Urgent Needs funds and over $12.5 million in HMGP Mitigation funds. As of July 2018, the County is waiting the award of three more HMA grants that will bring the total awarded funding since 2005 to over $15 million.
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