Local city receives $1.4M for disaster recovery

WASHINGTON, BEAUFORT COUNTY - The federal government has awarded a $1.4 million grant to a city in Beaufort County to support disaster recovery.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker  announced Thursday that Washington will be getting the money to fund the replacement of a water pumping station and the installation of a new water transmission line from the city's regional water treatment plant.

According to a release, the work will improve critical infrastructure in Washington's downtown area that was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011. The project is expected to create 68 jobs and $8 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

In addition to Washington, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded $425,680 to the Paducah-McCracken Joint Sewer Agency in Kentucky to improve the city's sewer system.

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