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Washington, D.C. – Cheyenne is closer to achieving its vision of reducing the potential for major flooding between Pershing Boulevard and East Lincolnway due in large part to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

Cheyenne has been awarded about $1.5 million through FEMA’s Flood Mitigation Assistance Program to use for flood control improvements for the Henderson Basin area.

“One thing we’ve learned from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, is the importance of preparation. I congratulate Cheyenne’s foresight in seeking funding for these improvements to decrease the potential for flooding and to protect Cheyenne residents and their property,” said Enzi.

The Henderson Basin has a very high potential for property damages due to flooding. In a 1988 City of Cheyenne study it was estimated that a large storm could cost around $4.2 billion dollars in damages if it hit the area. The recent grant funding could help reduce the potential for flooding and property damage in the area.

The Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2006 Energy and Water Appropriations bill on July 1, 2005, that included a provision Enzi requested to provide $100,000 for improvements on another area of the Henderson Basin. Enzi continues to work with the conference committee to ensure the funds are included in the conference report.

The Flood Mitigation Assistance Program is designed to provide funding to states, tribal governments and communities so that cost effective measures can be taken to eliminate or reduce the long-term risk of flood damage to structures insurable under the national Flood Insurance Program. Enzi said these mitigation funds are part of FEMA’s long term goal of reducing and eliminating flood insurance claims.