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Mayor and Council Hear City Plans to Address Flooding

A citywide Flood Resiliency Master Plan and a program to provide property owners with grants for building improvements aimed at preventing flood damage are part of the city’s proposed plans to mitigate the impacts of flooding caused by more frequent and extreme storms.

City staff presented details of Rockville’s Flood Resiliency Program to the Mayor and Council on March 7. Funding for the master plan and grant program is included in the city manager’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2023, which begins July 1.

The Flood Resiliency Master Plan would identify flood-impacted areas and issues caused by more frequent and extreme storms, provide a process for working with stakeholders to prioritize flood mitigation projects, and develop a plan to improve flood resilience throughout the city. The Flood Mitigation Pilot Grant program would assist property owners through education and grants for building improvements to prevent flood and moisture damage.

The staff presentation also included a summary of the city’s response to widespread flood damage from remnants of Hurricane Ida, which swept through Rockville as a tropical depression on Sept. 1.

Find the staff report and video of the presentation with the March 7 Mayor and Council meeting listing at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter. For information about reducing flood risk, purchasing flood insurance and making an emergency plan, visit www.ready.gov/floods and www.rockvillemd.gov/flooding.

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