Congressman Hal Rogers recently passed on some good news to Officials in Floyd and Johnson counties, as the two counties will receive nearly $200 million in federal money for flood control projects. The federal funding will complete long-term disaster recovery projects, including the Town of Martin Redevelopment Plan and provide flood protection in Johnson Co.
* The Town of Martin Redevelopment Plan, a flood control project orchestrated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Floyd Co, was designed in 2004 to move city residents, businesses and government buildings out of the rural town’s dangerous flood plain. To complete the project, the USACE will utilize $80 million from the federal Storm Supplemental Appropriations for Disasters 2018 Package, which was part of the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act, supported by Congressman Hal Rogers. According to the USACE, the federal funding will allow them to finalize real estate acquisitions and demolitions, relocation of KY-1428, remove the Water Street bridge and also complete phase two and three of site construction. The projected completion date is fiscal year 2025.
* The USACE will also utilize $118 million from the supplemental funding for a major flood control project in Johnson Co. The funding will allow the USACE to complete a detailed project report and implement a flood control plan, which could include a flood wall or levee, flood-proofing, flood-safe redevelopment, and relocation of structures or public facilities. Congressman Rogers said, “The people of Johnson Co have long-awaiting assistance for flood protection and this project will not only make Johnson Co a safer place to live, but also has the potential to lower flood insurance rates and improve business opportunities in the City of Paintsville.” The projected duration of the Johnson County flood control plan is to be determined.