EAST LANSING, May 30, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide financial assistance in Isabella County to assist with repairing damage from severe flooding that occurred in June 2017. Severe flood damage occurred when areas of the county received between 6 and 8 inches of rain over a 12-hour period beginning on the evening of June 22, 2017.
The USDA has allocated $718,980 in financial assistance, in addition to technical assistance, through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The program is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service with the Isabella County Drain Commissioner serving as the project sponsor. Funds will be used primarily for bank stabilization and debris removal on county drains. The repairs will alleviate the risk of further damage to county drains and roads.
A damage survey identified eight locations where repair work will be conducted. The Isabella County Drain Commissioner will contribute an additional $239,660 in funding or in-kind contributions for the repairs. The County Drain Commissioner will also act as the contractor for services and construction required to complete the repairs. In addition to providing financial assistance, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will assist with planning repairs and overseeing their implementation. The project partners hope to begin work during the 2018 construction season.
Congress established the Emergency Watershed Protection Program to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. The EWP Program offers technical and financial assistance to help local communities such as cities, counties and towns relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms, and other natural occurrences that impair a watershed.