Flood proofing workshops held
Presentation focuses on nonstructural remedies
AMBLER » Elevation, relocation, buyouts and flood proofing were among the options to reduce the risk of flooding reviewed at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers workshop June 22 at the Daniel Dowling Legion Post.
About a dozen homeowners showed up for the Nonstructural Flood Proofing Workshop to learn about possible actions to take to reduce flooding on their property. A second workshop was held June 24.
According to Drew Shaw of the Montgomery County Planning Commission, “Montgomery County has one of the highest rates of repeat [flooding] claims in Southeastern Pennsylvania.” The county has “created an ordinance regulating construction on the flood plain,” he said, and works with municipalities on stormwater management to promote safety.
Measures to reduce flood risk discussed at the workshop ranged from buyouts to flood proofing to emergency warning preparedness.
“As an engineer, I worked on the design of dams and levees,” said Randy Behm of Omaha, Neb., a 32-year employee of the Corps of Engineers who works on its National Nonstructural Flood Proofing Committee.
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