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State grants awarded to help dams across Virginia

Funds will help support 72 projects throughout the state

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RICHMOND, Va. – More than $1 million in state grants will help dam owners across Virginia.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that  $1.15 million in state grants will go to enhance public safety, reduce the risk of dam failures and prevent property damage from flooding. 

Dams in Alleghany, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Franklin, Pittsylvania and Rockbridge counties, as well as the city of Christiansburg, are among those receiving funding.

“Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Dam failures can be tragic for families and economically devastating for communities. These essential grants will help keep Virginians and their property safe and dry through successful and necessary preparation.”

Seventy-two dam safety and floodplain management projects were selected through a competitive application process requiring approval by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board. In addition to 50-50 matching grants to public and private dam owners whose dams are under state regulation, resources were provided to local governments to help with flood prevention and protection.

Projects were selected from more than a dozen categories, ranging from dam design and analysis to emergency preparedness, education and outreach. 

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