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WILMINGTON, DE - Delaware City's historic commercial district will soon get needed relief from flooding, thanks to a $485,000 grant secured by U.S. Senators Joe Biden and Tom Carper. The monies, coupled with those from the state and the town, will allow the city to fend off damage to buildings that have been in jeopardy for years. The revitalization plan protects the city's most valuable and historic sites from storm damage by addressing street drainage problems, extending the bulkhead than runs around Battery Park, and extending the floodwall along Canal Street. "Every year the district suffers significant damage from storms. More than forty percent of Delaware City is at risk for flood damage, and will be protected by this plan. We have secured almost half a million dollars for Delaware City's revitalization, and the benefits will be tenfold," Carper said. "Delaware City's historic district is one of the largest in the state and its rich architectural heritage is a source of pride for Delawareans. Protecting the city's historic buildings protects its identity." The depth of flooding varies from year to year, ranging from inches to six feet deep, causing an average of $30, 000 in damage with each new incident. The state's portion of the money is expected in the upcoming bond bill. Once the funds are available, design will commence immediately, and construction could start in the next year. The federal grant was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "I am pleased Delaware City received this vital federal funding. This money will help protect Delaware City's historic landmarks for generations to come," said Biden. "The revitalization of Delaware City is a carefully designed sequence of projects. Now that we have secured this crucial federal funding, local officials can move forward with their plans to restore and revitalize the City and ensure that it will remain safe from future flood damage." "We just finished our flood mitigation plan, and this solves two of the major items we identified," said Paul Morrill, Delaware City's Town Manager. "To be able to secure funding so quickly is a tribute to our two Senators." Delaware City's commercial district is home to more than two hundred and fifty historic structures.