HUNTINGTON, W.Va – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced additional work that it plans to accomplish with the funding provided for disaster recovery in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law Feb. 9, 2018 which includes nearly $900 million for five separate flood risk management projects in the Huntington District.
Among other things, Public Law 115-123 provided more than $17 billion for disaster recovery in six appropriations accounts: Investigations; Construction; Mississippi River and Tributaries; Operation and Maintenance; Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies; and Expenses.
USACE will use funds provided in the Construction account to construct 60 flood and storm damage reduction projects in 16 states and one territory. The five projects within the Huntington District’s area of responsibility which have been selected for funding include: $118 million for a project for Johnson County, Ky., $80 million for a project for the Town of Martin, Ky., $574.7 million for Bluestone Dam, Hinton, W.Va., $96.2 million for Lower Mud River, Milton, W.Va. and $20 million for a project in McDowell County, W.Va.
“In providing the current working estimates of funds required to fully fund these studies and construction projects, the Corps is showing its commitment to “moving dirt” and, more importantly, to completing studies and construction,” said Mr. R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
The tables listing the studies and projects receiving funding are posted at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Budget/ under "Supplemental Appropriations for Disasters 2018." There are two separate categories under which projects are funded, “Long-Term Disaster Recovery Investment Program” and “Short-Term Repairs”. In the cases of Operation and Maintenance and Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies, the tables supersede previously posted table
Release no. 18-038