FLOYD/JOHNSON CO., Ky. (WYMT) - U.S. Representative Hal Rogers announced Wednesday nearly $200 million in federal funds will go to flood control projects in Floyd and Johnson Counties.
The money will help complete disaster recovery projects, including the Town of Martin Redevelopment Plan and provide Johnson County with flood protection.
The Town of Martin Redevelopment Plan was established in 2004 to move people, businesses and government buildings out of the town's floodplain. $80 million from the federal Storm Supplemental Appropriations for Disasters 2018 Package will go to Martin.
Rogers, who has secured nearly $75 million in federal funds for the project since it began in 2004, made this statement about the funding:
“We started this unique project 14 years ago to relieve local families and businesses from the constant fear of flooding. It has been a massive undertaking, met with criticism for long delays and unexpected challenges; however, this is good news for the people of Martin. This community has suffered ten major floods in its history, but completion of this critical flood control program is finally in sight. Our region has suffered deadly and damaging flash flooding for decades as a result of our mountainous terrain across southern and eastern Kentucky. This mitigation project not only protects the Town of Martin from future flooding, but also provides a beautiful and safe new location for the Floyd County Renaissance Learning Center, Martin City Hall, Police Station, Volunteer Fire Department and a residential area. I applaud the Corps for prioritizing completion of the Town of Martin Redevelopment Plan.”
Project completion is expected in 2025.
$118 million will go to the flood control project in Johnson County. This may include a flood wall or levee, floodproofing, flood-safe redevelopment and relocation of buildings or public facilities.
“The people of Johnson County have long-awaiting assistance for flood protection,” said Rogers. “This project will not only make Johnson County a safer place to live, but also has the potential to lower flood insurance rates and improve business opportunities in the City of Paintsville.”
It is unknown how long the Johnson County project will take.