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Introduction

On Sunday, May 27, 2018, a massive storm hit Baltimore and the greater Baltimore area causing catastrophic flooding in affected areas. The Frederick Avenue Corridor of West Baltimore was hit especially hard by flash flooding as a wall of water rushed down the Avenue flooding basements and first floor living areas. The aftermath of the flash flood left over 150 homes with significant water damage.

The Frederick Ave Corridor Flood Restoration Project has been established through generous donations to assist in the restoration of affected homes.

Grant amounts: flood mitigation & home repair valued at approximately $5,000 per household*

*All payments will be made directly to licensed contractor hired by Miracle City Church. No payments will be made to the homeowner. Amounts subject to total funding available. Some homes may qualify for larger grants.

Grant Qualifications

  • Home located in Frederick Avenue corridor
  • Homeowner and occupy damaged home
  • Flood damage verified by assessment team
  • Volunteer labor commitment by homeowner to participate with “sweat equity” where physically able

Potential Projects

Installation of Flood Mitigation Strategies to include:

  • Sump pumps
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Ventilation Fans
  • Sewage Backwater Valves
  • Capping & sealing of basement toilets

Other Flood Mitigations Strategies that may be completed:

  • Raised platforms/stands for appliances such as furnace, water heater, fuel tank, washer or dryer
  • Relocating electrical boxes above water line
  • Purchase of new water heaters
  • Installation of water resistant drywall
  • Installation of hard flooring
  • Porches and awnings
  • Landscaping to assist with water run-off

Note: Basements in the flood plain are not insurable and grant funding will not be used to restore living space in basements

Application Process

  1. Complete application
  2. Participate in a home assessment
  3. Grant committee to review grants applications and determine recipients
  4. Homeowner to be contacted by House Captain to schedule repair work

Grant Committee Criteria

  • Location within the Frederick Avenue corridor
  • Extent of Damage
  • Current flood insurance coverage, or lack thereof
  • Age and income status

For more information contact: Deborah Weithers, Miracle City Church, 410.368.9294, rdweithers@miraclecitychurch.org