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Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Status and Other Flood FAQs

The City of Freeport, Illinois, in conjunction with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), applied for Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant funding for acquisition and demolition of flood prone properties in the floodway East of the Pecatonica River in the City of Freeport. If awarded the grant funds, floodway residents who volunteered to participate in the grant program will have the opportunity to sell their property to the City so that they can relocate to a safe and dry space outside of the floodway. The City would be reimbursed for the cost of purchasing homes and then for demolition and re-greening of the properties. The long-term goal is to make sure residents are safe from hazardous flooding, and to remove structures from the floodway and allow the land to revert back to its natural state as a wetland.

For progress updates from the City, IEMA, and FEMA, review the information linked below:

FEMA provided final notice on March 1, 2021 that they completed the Environmental Justice Review and cleared the City of Freeport under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Based on FEMA’s findings, this clearance allows the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Department to further consider the City of Freeport. Read more here.

Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Pre-Disaster Mitigation acquisition and demolition

FEMA Telephone Town Hall Meeting held 12/9/2020:

FEMA Telephone Town Hall Meeting – December 9, 2020 [Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)]

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Update from Director Hinds – 9/18/2020

Press Release: Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Moves to “Further Review” Status – 6/15/2020

Press Release: City of Freeport Receives Confirmation to Allow Property Repairs in Floodway While Residents Await Pre-Disaster Mitigation Funding

How Do I Find More Information on the Pecatonica River Watershed?

November 5, 2020 Public Notice for PDM Grant by FEMA Region V


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