Flood proof­ing work­shops held

Pre­sen­ta­tion fo­cuses on non­struc­tural reme­dies

Springfield Sun - - FRONT PAGE - By Linda Finarelli lfinarelli@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @lk­finarelli on Twit­ter

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.

FLOOD­ING » PAGE 2 El­liot Sad­lon of North Wales shows his pride dur­ing Lans­dale’s Eighth An­nual Beer Tast­ing Fes­ti­val at the foot­ball field near the cor­ner of Fifth and Wood Streets on Satur­day, June 24, 2017. More photos on A3.

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