Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Administrator Phil May announced on Jan. 20, 2012 that the City of Berkeley Lake would receive $2,607,750 in grant funds to repair the city's earthen dam which was damaged after historic flooding in September 2009.
The total projected cost of repairs is estimated to be $3,580,558. FEMA provides the money to the state, which then relays the funds to the city.
"This grant will help the city of Berkeley Lake recover financially from one of Georgia's worst natural disasters and at the same time help to make it safer against any future one," said May in a press release.
"Disaster, flooding in particular, can really debilitate a community's infrastructure, and with it, its financial outlook. The grants are the helping hand to recovery."
The city of Berkeley Lake began the process of filing a claim with FEMA in early 2010, filing engineering reports and studies to support its claim. The two-year journey has finally come to and end. Its mayor, Lois Salter, and the city's 2,000 residents may now finally let out a collective sigh of relief.Â Â