County reviews updated hazard plan
Justin Bushong of the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission updated the Henry County Supervisors on the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan at Thursday’s bi-weekly meeting yesterday.
According the Bushong, the plan has to be updated every five years in order for area communities to qualify for certain grant programs.
“Henry County is in a position where theirs had not been updated within the five year limit. So basically, none of the communities were eligible for any funding through HMGP(Hazard Mitigation Grant Program),” Bushong said.
According to Bushong, five communities have showed interest in safety projects through the grant program. He said WACO schools have completed an application and Westwood and Salem are considering safe room projects.
“So, we expedited this plan and getting it finished so they were eligible before the grant ran out since that has been extended to this November,” Bushong said.
Bushong said in order to meet deadlines and eligibility the plan was finished in two to three months by combining community meetings. Bushong said it was the first time that Henry County has had a multi-jurisdictional plan in place. In the past, he said, each community had individual plans.
“Mt. Pleasant would love to have 2, 3 million dollars for a storm retention program,” Ed Farley, Henry County Emergency Management said.
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