Hamm told the board Illinois Emergency Management Agency has already approved the county’s mitigation plan and once the paperwork is signed, it will be sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for approval.
Massac County State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst said the county must comply with the mitigation plan or else the county could risk losing its participation in the National Flood Insurance program. Windhorst said the federal government will be providing the county with 75 percent of the cost, which totals around $127,000 and the state will provide 25 percent of the money, which would amount to $42,635, for the purchase of those two properties.
Hamm will be applying for the state money from a grant through Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
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