– Working to protect public safety and prevent property damage, Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) and Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland) today announced a $67,000 grant has been awarded to North Union Township for flood mitigation efforts.
“Flooding can have devastating impacts on health and safety, as well as community and personal property,” Warner said. “I am happy to support this grant to help the township deal with these issues and prevent these impacts for our residents.”
“Stream maintenance is crucial to prevent flooding during heavy rain events like we have seen throughout the summer. This grant assists North Union Township to make these fixes in Shutes and Cove Runs, protecting and preserving the properties around them,” Stefano said.
The grant will be used for a water planning and debris removal project. Specifically, the township will undertake a study of Cove and Shutes Run to determine the full extent and cause of flooding along this waterway. Overgrown brush, fallen trees, sandbars and other debris will be removed along a section of Shutes Run.
The grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) under its Watershed and Restoration Program and Multimodal Transportation Program. The program is funded with money assessed by the Commonwealth through the state’s Impact Fee, which is paid by the state’s unconventional natural gas producers.