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Colorado Springs awarded FEMA grant for 2015 landslide damage

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The City of Colorado Springs has been awarded nearly $6 million in grant funding to acquire certain properties impacted by landslide activity, dating back to 2015.

FEMA is offering the grant money through the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Twenty-seven homeowners in southwest Colorado qualified to be included in the application for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds.

Heavy rains caused significant damage to public infrastructure back in 2015, prompting FEMA to issue a Major Disaster Declaration on July 16 of that year.  

The heavy rains also triggered several landslides in isolated areas on the city’s west side.

“The City is pleased to have successfully secured grant funding to provide financial relief to those residents who have been struggling since May 2015 with significant damage to their homes from landslide activity," said Bret Waters, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management.

"This grant funding will allow the city to purchase many homes that were significantly damaged or destroyed. In turn, and by FEMA rules, the land will be converted to open space to mitigate future damage,” said Waters added.

The city will use a prioritized list of impacted homes, during its property acquisition process.

The grant amount isn't actually enough to purchase all 27 homes on the list, though the city will continue to seek additional funding until all options are exhausted.

No City of Colorado Springs General Fund budget money will be used for the acquisition of the homes. FEMA will provide a maximum reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the total eligible project cost. 

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