Flood mitigation plan approved
Denise Baran of the Pine County Sheriff’s Office reported the county’s flood mitigation plan has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), likely before the partial federal government shutdown. Federal buyouts of 39 flood-damaged properties from June 2012 have been on hold since May, waiting for approval of the required plan.
In an email to buyout participants, Kelly Schroeder, county assessor, spelled out the next steps before the buyouts can proceed:
– The county board must officially adopt the plan.
– The 14 cities in the county must officially adopt the plan.
– The adoptions get forwarded to Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
– FEMA does a final review of the county’s buyout application.
– FEMA issues the grant award letter allowing the county to move forward on the buyouts.
According to Baran, the county adoption of the plan is on the commissioners’ October 15 agenda.
Even if all the cities and county adopt the plan, and those resolutions are forwarded to HSEM, the partial shutdown — if it continues for long — could delay the final review of the county’s application and the issuing of the buyout funds.