GOODLATTE ANNOUNCES $8.3 MILLION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROANOKE FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT INCLUDED IN PRESIDENT'S BUDGET
Washington, DC: Congressman Bob Goodlatte today announced that the President's FY2007 Budget included $8.3 million for the flood control project on the Roanoke River, which is an increase from the $5 million that was included in the President's budget last year. Congress has previously appropriated $10 million for the flood control project over the past two years.
The Roanoke Flood Control Project, an undertaking of the Army Corps of Engineers includes about 6.2 miles of channel widening along the 10-mile project reach through the City of Roanoke and will include construction of a greenway along the entire length of the Roanoke River through the City of Roanoke.
"I am very pleased that President Bush, at my request, included this vital funding in his FY07 Budget," Goodlatte said. "The flood control project is critical for the City of Roanoke and the inclusion of this funding in the President's budget shows the Administration's continued commitment to this essential project."
"Numerous times in our city's history the River has spilled over her banks destroying property and sometimes taking lives," continued Goodlatte. "This comprehensive flood control plan will ultimately protect lives and property. In addition, the project now includes improvements that will make the Roanoke River a centerpiece for the community instead of the industrial drainage that it has been for the past century. The addition of a ten mile long greenway along the entire length of the river through the City, and other features, will open up the river to become an important part of community life."