Congressman Doug LaMalfa announced a $1.6 million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant to the city of Redding. This grant will fund the installation of a new standby generator at Redding’s Foothill Water Treatment Plant, and will include replacement of two existing transformers and switchboards with a single new transformer and switchboard. Redding’s water treatment plants operations were vital for their efforts to help fight the 2018 Carr Fire. By keeping up operations, the city of Redding was able to set up sprinklers and water down defensible zones to protect infrastructure.
FEMA’s hazard mitigation assistance provides funding for eligible mitigation measures that reduces disaster losses or long-term risk to people and property from future disasters.
“Updating critical technology and installing a new backup generator at Redding’s Foothill Water Treatment Plant is essential in the long-term effort to mitigate damage from catastrophic wildfires,” LaMalfa said. “I look forward to working with the city further to implement these updates to reduce the damage of mass-scale wildfires and help reduce risk for Redding resident.”