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Van Hollen gains committee support for funding to help local flood mitigation efforts

Posted at 10:19 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 22:19:15-04

WASHINGTON — Maryland U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced a Senate Appropriations-passed legislation to support local flood mitigation efforts.

Van Hollen's provision includes millions of dollars for the Army Corps of Engineers to assist local entities with flood protection assistance such as the construction of flood damage reduction projects and the development of water infrastructure.

“Across our state, we’ve seen homes damaged, roads ruined, and businesses shuttered due to flooding," said Senator Van Hollen. "These severe weather events continue to hurt Maryland families, small businesses, and ultimately our economy. Investing in local flood mitigation efforts will help our communities – like Ellicott City – prepare for and combat future flooding. These funds will provide a boost in the resources available to local communities and will foster partnership with the Army Corps. I will keep working to support efforts across Maryland to prevent and mitigate flooding whenever possible and support communities that have been impacted by floods.”

The senator said the funding can assist efforts to Ellicott City in Howard County.