Two recent posts by for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ flood-prepared communities initiative underscore the need for pro-active planning to prevent or mitigate future flood disruption and damage and the need for costly repairs. The authors note that:
- flooding is our nation’s most common natural disaster: the majority of natural disasters over the last 10 years involved flooding, and
- major flooding in landlocked area (like Nelson County) has been more common than along the coasts.
“In too many instances, structures and infrastructure are built without serious thought given to risk and potential damage from future storms. This leads to a costly cycle of damage and repair following repeat flooding. This cycle can be broken without jeopardizing or slowing down recovery. Multiple states and thousands of localities have already strengthened their building requirements in vulnerable areas.”
Read Where It Rains, It Floods (January 25, 2018)
Read Modern, Flood-Ready Approach Needed for Building and Rebuilding (January 30, 2018)
Nelson County has a strong flood plain ordinance. We need to be sure the Board of Zoning Appeals upholds that ordinance, refusing Dominion’s request to route the ACP through designated flood plains. Make your voice heard – attend the February 12, 2018, BZA public hearing, speak out at the hearing, and send your written comments to Nelson County Board of Zoning Appeals, 80 Front St., Lovingston VA 22949.