Local Government

FEMA grant to pay for 10 homes on Nippersink Creek

McHenry County received $914,519 in federal money to buy and demolish 10 homes in the Nippersink Creek floodplain.

The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which aims to reduce the loss of life and property caused by natural disasters. The funding comes as a result of flood events, most recently record flooding in spring 2013.

McHenry County applied for the grant funding in 2011, according to county records.

The properties after the demolition of the homes will be maintained as open space.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken called the grant "good news" for residents who have been affected by past flood events.

"The grant will enable them to move out of the floodplain and avoid future heartache and property losses," Monken said in a news release.

The FEMA grant accounts for 75 percent of the $1.22 million eligible project cost. The remaining $304,840 will come from other sources.

- Kevin P. Craver

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