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Town Receives $1.462 Million for Drainage Damage Improvements
Miami Lakes, FL – According to the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management, “flooding is the nation’s most common natural disaster”. For this cause, flood mitigation is a priority of the Town of Miami Lakes and is included in the Town’s Stormwater Master Plan and Strategic Plan. To mitigate localized flooding, the Town of Miami Lakes submitted a proposal to the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program for the West Lakes Drainage Improvements Project. The Town was awarded full funding of over $1.462 Million.

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program provides resources to assist government agencies in their efforts to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), with the goal of reducing or eliminating claims under the NFIP. The Program is focused on mitigating repetitive loss (RL) properties and severe repetitive loss (SRL) properties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) selected the highest ranked eligible proposals and applicants which benefitted communities with high participation and favorable standing in the NFIP.

The Town’s award-winning proposal required multiple levels of agency coordination, including the Miami-Dade County (MDC) Office of Emergency Management, MDC Archaeologist, MDC Regulatory and Economic Resources Department, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), US Army Corps of Engineers, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service South Florida Ecological Services Field Office.

Special thanks to Town staff Carlos Acosta, Public Works Director; Carmen Olazabal, Chief of CIP and Special Services; Lourdes M. Rodriguez, Building and Zoning Manager; and Renée N. Wilson, Grants Administrator, who all worked diligently on the proposal. The awarding of FMA Grant funds will reduce standing rain and stormwater, improve drainage and stormwater runoff, and protect residential properties from future loss in the West Lakes community.

For more information on the Town of Miami Lakes Grants, contact:

Renee N. Wilson
Grants Administrator
Phone: (305) 364-6100 Ext. 1225

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