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Posted on: August 28, 2023

City of University City Receives ‘Landmark Funding’ for Flood-Related Buyouts


UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the City of University City as one of four recipients of $16 million in landmark federal funding to help reduce the impacts of natural disasters. The funds come from the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program to help reduce the impacts of future floods.

“We are thankful to have been awarded this opportunity through FEMA. The funding will allow us to reduce a flooding-prone area and mitigate any future loses. This is another step in the right direction to protecting the people and properties in University City against flooding,” said Dr. John Wagner, Director of Planning and Development for University City. 

The City of University City will receive up to $3,224,190 in federal funds to buyout three apartment buildings, known as Hafner Court. The buyout is solely funded through federal funding. These buildings are adjacent to River Des Peres and have sustained repetitive losses because of flooding, most recently in the flooding of July 2022. Once the buyout is complete, the plan is for the land to be maintained as open space by the City of University City Parks Department. 

Click here to read the full release from FEMA.

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