Montgomery County will host a virtual meeting Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss its comprehensive flood management plan after crowdsourcing residents to identify flood-prone areas in the community.
“We know that climate change is affecting Montgomery County in two primary ways: heat and flooding,” County Executive Marc Elrich said in the news release.
“That’s why we’re mapping heat islands across the county to identify potential areas where we can take action to protect vulnerable neighborhoods. This is also why we will use the Flood Management Plan to identify areas prone to flooding and potential strategies to minimize flooding in the future.
Representatives from the county’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will discuss the overall flood management plan during the virtual community meeting.
As part of the county’s efforts to mitigate flood damage, officials unveiled a new website to provide information on frequently flooded roads, steps residents can take to prepare for flooding, and options for flooding. flood insurance for damaged properties, according to a county news release.
Additionally, the website includes a brief survey for residents to provide feedback on their flood experiences and help locate flood-prone areas. The county recently created the new resource as part of its commitment to educate and inform the public about flood issues affecting residents and businesses.
Flooding is the county’s most frequent severe weather event and costliest natural disaster, as a single inch of floodwater can cause up to $25,000 in damage, officials said in the news release. .
Flooding not only affects high-risk coastal areas, but 25% of flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas like Montgomery County, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The county’s flood management plan aims to better understand the causes and impacts of flooding as well as develop strategies to minimize or eliminate flood risk, according to the news release.
Register for the virtual community meeting on Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. here: Virtual Community Forum on the Comprehensive Flood Management Plan
Visit the county’s new flood information website here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/flooding/