Commissioners discuss Montco mitigation plan
The Lower Moreland Board of Commissioners reviewed the county’s new natural hazards mitigation plan at its work session Jan. 8.
The new plan, compiled by the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety and Planning Commission, addresses weaknesses in the county where future natural hazards and disaster could occur and analyzes solutions to these problems.
According to Assistant Township Manager Chris Hoffman, the county updated its 2007 mitigation plan to include 24 new hazards found throughout the county. However, he said Lower Moreland’s main natural hazard is flooding throughout the township. He said the county’s primary sug- gestion for addressing flooding is maintaining the storm sewer system. Other solutions from the county are to limit impervious surfaces and keeping drainage areas clear of debris. Hoffman said in the past the county has also acquisitioned houses in the township to help alleviate flooding.
Flooding was ranked in the mitigation plan as being the highest vulnerability for the county. Other issues were ranked at moderate vulnerability, including severe winds, wind storms and environmental hazards such as pipeline leaks.
The mitigation plan is required to be updated by the county every five years under the federal Disaster Mitigation Act approved in 2000. The last plan was approved in 2007. It also requires all municipalities in the township to approve the plan.