The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved the second round of the state’s disaster recovery action plan.
A variety of state projects are lined up, including housing, economic development, and flood prevention.
The majority of funds awarded are targeted to WashingtonCounty, the area with the highest concentration of impact from Hurricane Sandy.
In recent weeks, HUD approved the State of Rhode Island’s current Action Plan which details numerous projects, such as:
· Installation of generators and related improvements to safeguard essential services in Charlestown, Hopkinton, Middletown, Newport, Richmond, South Kingstown, and Westerly, which were interrupted during recent disasters, assuring they are able to maintain operation during and after future events.
· Housing stabilization efforts in areas highly impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This overall initiative includes provision of elevation certificates, housing counseling, residential rehabilitation/elevation activities and development of alternative housing choice for income-eligible populations. Alternative housing includes the ChurchWoods development in Charlestown, providing affordable housing options for area seniors.
· Floodproofing of the Scarborough Wastewater Treatment Facility, which was breached by Hurricane Sandy's storm surge, and improvements to stormwater and wastewater pumping stations in Westerly.
· Planning initiatives designed to make the State more resilient and enhance response to future natural disasters.
· Shoreline stabilization of CampCronin, a public access fishing area, directly adjacent to a federal breakwater restoration project being conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers.
“This is another positive step in the recovery process. We have come a long way in helping neighborhoods and communities recover from the storm, but we need to keep working to rebuild stronger and smarter. Now that this phase of planning has been approved, federal dollars will flow to critical projects and we can put more people to work on housing, community reconstruction, and infrastructure needs,” said Reed, Whitehouse, Langevin, and Cicilline in a joint statement.