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After catastrophic 2015 flooding, Johnson County seeks federal grants to keep future floodwaters at bay

After catastrophic 2015 flooding, Johnson County seeks federal grants to keep future floodwaters at bay

(Buffalo, Wyo.) — In June of 2015, catastrophic flooding hit the City of Buffalo when 1.26 inches of rain fell in less than an hour, destroying five homes and shutting down I-90. The incident was named among the National Weather Service of Riverton's Top 10 2015 Weather Events in Wyoming. See a video here: https://youtu.be/aCyuOc708hc To prepare for future storms, the City of Buffalo is applying for two federal grants to try to fund a nearly six-acre detention area west of town to help keep floodwaters from rushing in after high rainfall events. "This has happened at least two times in the past few years as well," City of Buffalo Planning Director Lynn Barrett said. The largest grant the city is seeking is a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Program grant that is especially for Wyoming cities and towns. The cost of the detention area and dam in "Dump Draw" is estimated to be $693,027, which is the amount the city is using in its grant application. The FEMA grant has a 25 percent local match requirement, which totals a bit over $173,200. That is "a lot of money the city just does not have available," Barrett said. The city is applying for the matching funds in the form of a Community Development Block Grant imminent threat grant through the Wyoming Business Council. "Although Johnson County Commissioners wrote a letter of support for the project, the CDBG Program manager told me this week any others letters of support we can garner will help our case to win this grant," Barrett said. Below, see a map showing the location of the proposed detention area. The orange shaded area is the portion of Buffalo the detention area would protect, and the red dots represent actual damaged properties during the June 3, 2015, event. [image: Inline image 1] *h/t City of Buffalo / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 2] *Feature photo and above: Flooding causes damage in June of 2015. National Weather Service Riverton / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news