Reading Around the Internet (March 20, 2014)

A few items worth noting this week:

It’s National Flood Safety Awareness Week!

NOAA and FEMA are working to raise flood safety awareness and teach safety techniques. In addition to the link above, you can find more information about flood safety, including what to do before, during and after a flood at the National Weather Service site.

Colorado Flood Recovery

Colorado is receiving another $199 million from the federal government from U.S. Housing and Urban Development. The money will be used for housing repairs as well as economic development, infrastructure and flood protection. According to KKTV, 80% of the funds will be used in Weld, Boulder and Larimer Counties. The new funding is in addition to the $63 million that HUD awarded in Colorado in December.

Still Recovering from the 2011 Floods

The Southern Illinoisan reports that FEMA has awarded a $4.14 million Flood Mitigation Assistance grant to Alexander County. The money will be used to purchase 167 properties located in the Mississippi River floodplain that were damaged during the 2011 flood. The funds will pay for the demolitions of the property, and the land on which they currently sit will be left as open space.