In 2013 the National Park Service awarded more than $7.6 million to eight East Coast states to help stabilize or repair historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Maryland received $1.47 million, of which $909,250 was awarded through a competitive sub-grant application process that concluded earlier this year. Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast in October of 2012, brought high winds, heavy rain, snow, and flooding to Maryland.
In addition to the sub-grants, the federal funds will be directed toward disaster relief and resiliency
planning, conducting survey activities, and developing a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Program within the
Maryland Historical Trust.
Consultant Services for Report Addressing Strategies for Historic Properties in Flood-Prone Areas
Public Comment period opens 5/18/2015 and will close on 6/18/2015.
MHT will issue an RFP to select a consultant to develop a report addressing strategies for historic properties in flood-prone areas of the state. As Maryland prepares for increased flooding and storm events, particularly in coastal areas, MHT must offer guidance about the risks and benefits of protecting and adapting historic structures in flood-prone areas. This guidance will help ensure consistency in approach across MHT programs as the agency assists local governments, State and Federal agencies, individual property owners, and consultants. Use of state and federal funds, especially for future disaster recovery, as well as local participation in the National Flood Insurance Program will bring to the forefront questions of appropriate treatment of historic resources. This project will also aid Section 106 review of projects in affected areas. The consultant will facilitate internal discussions, review relevant laws and regulations, interview external stakeholders as needed, analyze findings, and make recommendations for “best practices” and possible approaches in Maryland. Based on these findings and with input from MHT, the consultant will develop an illustrated position paper, including bibliography, for public distribution. This project will be funded through the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Assistance Grant from the National Park Service, and replaces a previously proposed project for elevation guidelines for Crisfield, Maryland.
Contact Anne Raines, MHT
Capital Grants and Loans Administrator, at 410-514-7634 with any questions.