A $15 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could help people in one area of Huntsville cut costs on flood insurance or get rid of it all together.
Mary Cantrell owns Mary's on Pratt Avenue.
She told WAAY 31 every time it rains she prays her store doesn't flood like the rest of the neighborhood.
"We needed flood insurance, we need to get it, but I can't afford to get it. I got too many insurances already," Cantrell said.
Cantrell has owned Mary's for nearly fifty years.
"I was hoping to get rich and get it some day, but I don't want to ever get it."
The City of Huntsville's flood mitigation project could reduce flood elevation by three feet in some areas after the city uses the grant money to lower the flooding risk for over 600 homes and businesses in the effected area.
The focus of the project is near Pinhook Creek.
It stretches from east of the Memorial Parkway, I-565 overpass to an area just north of Five Points.
The city's director of engineering, Kathy Martin, says some property owners will be able to go back to their insurance carriers to either get their flood insurance cost reduced or be removed from the flood zone all together.
Martin told WAAY 31 the plans for this project are 90 percent complete, and the project will start 1-2 years.
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