Com­mis­sion­ers dis­cuss Montco mit­i­ga­tion plan

The Globe - - OPINION - By Caitlin Burns

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.

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