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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 22, 2008
Connie Rivera, Community Housing Program Manager, 360-709-3065

Thurston County Receives Flood Mitigation Funds for Area Homes

​OLYMPIA – A grant from the State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) will allow Thurston County to assist dozens of home owners hit hard by recent flooding in the Chehalis River Basin .  The $811,000 grant is based on a flood grant application to elevate approximately 37 homes for low and moderate income families to help mitigate the potential for damage from future flooding.

The grant includes $33,000 to help the county with costs for administration, environmental studies, and project management to assist with the work.  The rest of the funding will go directly to help low and moderate income families who suffered in the historical flooding last December in the Chehalis River area of Thurston County .

Thurston County Commission Chairman Diane Oberquell says she is very pleased with the grant award.  "This is very good news for some of the families who were hit so hard by the devastating floods late last year.  No one can predict when flooding might happen again and this project may help provide some protection in the future.  I'm very happy with the work of county staff and Community Trade and Economic Development in securing the funds for this important work."  Oberquell says it took a lot of hard work and cooperation from the Rochester area community to get through the flooding and she expects that effort to continue in the mitigation process.

County staff will now work with CTED officials to meet all of the requirements of the grant.  An environmental assessment is getting underway and outreach to potential beneficiaries of the housing elevation program will begin once the assessment is completed.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3