Vernal City Awarded $1.2 Million Grant for Downtown Flooding

Vernal City Manager Quinn Bennion has positive news: Vernal City has secured the needed funds to move forward with a project to address flooding on Main Street. “During large storm events,” explains Bennion, “storm water overtops the curbs, runs onto the sidewalks and into downtown businesses. Partnering with UDOT, the project will be designed this Spring and constructed during summer 2019. The project involves replacement of the storm drain trunk line in Main Street from 900 West to 500 East and a new overflow line within 100 South.”  UDOT has committed almost half of the $2.6 million to construct the project and Vernal City applied for and received an additional $1.2 million dollar grant from the Community Impact Board (CIB). Vernal City will match $200,000 in local funds. “This project is a significant investment into downtown Vernal,” shares Mayor Doug Hammond. “We want our downtown businesses to grow and succeed and to not worry about placing sandbags at their door when it rains.”

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.