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$1.6M flood protection grant to Woodford County

Posted by wlpo on February 25, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) – Woodford County in central Illinois has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a flood protection project.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s office announced the grant Friday. It will fund a proposed project involving the voluntary acquisition and demolition of 14 residential structures in the Illinois River floodway.

Buying the properties will allow Woodford County to create a permanent open space in areas that flood repeatedly. The goal is to reduce damages and lessen the impact of flooding on the local community.

Deed restrictions on the property will prohibit future development and dedicate the land to open space permanently.

Durbin says the federal funding will help reduce costs to the local government.

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