Long Beach has received $8.9 million for flood control improvements
Long Beach will receive $8.9 million from the federal government to improve flood control infrastructure.
The grant was announced by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The department’s Economic Development Administration awarded the funds to protect businesses and prepare the region for future natural disasters, according to the Press Telegram.
The EDA grant will be spent in areas close to a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone and will be matched with $2.2 million in local funds. Several of these zones are in Long Beach.
According to the Long Beach City Manager’s office, the city experienced two major storms in 2017, leading to property damage and extreme flooding on residential and major highways. Residents and businesses experienced significant economic impacts due to the conditions.
The $11.2 million project involves making repairs and upgrades to seven pump stations, as well as rehabilitating storm drains and street flow lines located in critical flood areas to reduce future flooding and property damage.
The work is expected to be finished in 2023, reported the Press Telegram.
The grant is part of the administration’s efforts to rebuild communities devastated by natural disasters.
The Long Beach project will directly benefit more than 75 businesses that employ 5,580 full-time workers, reported the City Manager’s office. Even further, it also will protect operations for Frontier Communications, provide efficient goods movement in the Port of Long Beach, and repairs for flood mitigation and backup portable power.
“Protection of our neighborhoods and businesses from flooding is critical service,” said Acting City Manager Tom Modica. “And this level of investment will both create jobs and provide enhanced protection and continuity of operations in a major storm event.”
The money also is geared at bringing in more private investment in the nearby Opportunity Zone. In June, EDA added Opportunity Zones as an investment priority, which increased the number of projects EDA can fund.