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Your Voice is Needed to Help Develop a Community Flood Risk Guidebook
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Your Voice is Needed to Help Develop a Community Flood Risk Guidebook


Written by Tim Trautman, P.E., CFM, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Storm Water Services Program Manager & ASFPM’s Mitigation Pod Facilitator

Our profession recognizes hazards are an act of God and nature. We live in a beautiful, dynamic and sometimes violent world. However, our modern society has "rode around the sun" enough times to be able to predict where most flood hazards will occur. Either by mapping, past history or intuition, we know where flooding is most likely in our communities. We also know what properties are most likely to get damaged or destroyed by floods. Sure, there are a few surprises along the way, but unpredictable events are rarely the ones that emotionally and financially devastate our communities and federal resources.

Local communities have the biggest impact on whether flood hazards become disasters. We all need places to live, work and recreate. Development is necessary within our communities as part of living in a modern world. WHERE and HOW we grow, coupled with how we ADAPT our existing risks, are the key pieces to a hazard resilient community. Ultimately, effective risk management and long-term resilience must be formed and managed at the local level. We should want locals to take on ownership of their flood risk and work with state, federal and private sector to drive risk to a level they can live with.

What if proactive communities had the knowledge, skills and ability to manage their flood risk like a portfolio of assets (tracking risk like retirement investments)? Flood risk in each of our communities changes every year with growth and mitigation actions.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services in North Carolina is working on a project for Department of Homeland Security to develop a Flood Risk Guidebook that communities could use to manage their "flood risk portfolio" in the floodplain. It will be based on a Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction planning tool we developed five years ago. But your input, along with lessons we've learned, will help us refine the approach so it's applicable to a wide variety of communities (different flood types, datasets, mitigation approaches, etc.).

PLEASE HELP US HELP COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I’m asking you to provide input from a community perspective by taking an 18 question survey. Although it will focus on flood, the guidebook concepts could have applicability to other hazards too. Please share the survey with any other communities you know of that deal with flood hazards.


Visit www.ManageFloodRisk.org for more background on the project and to take the flood risk survey.

Together we can serve our communities in bigger and brighter ways! Thanks!




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