The U.S. Commerce Department says its Economic Development Administration is awarding $1.8 million in grants to support disaster recovery efforts in Kentucky and North Carolina.
A statement from the department said a $1.4 million grant to the city of Washington will fund replacement of a water pumping station and installation of a new water transmission line from the city's regional water treatment plant.
Washington's downtown area was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011. Estimates say the grant is expected to create 68 new jobs and generate $8 million in private investment.
Another $425,000 went to a Kentucky project which will build a new lift station, force main, and service lines to connect a boat yard at the Port of Paducah with the city municipal sewer system.
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