While funding would have to be secured, identifying a flood-control plan is the first step to address persistent pleas for help from property owners since 880 residences, 26 businesses and several churches and public buildings were damaged by record river flooding in
"The end of this study is really the beginning of the process," Brozena said Tuesday.
The study examined the costs and pros and cons of river dredging, river island removal, a permanent levee and a temporary inflatable or bladder dam, he said.
It also explored the projected impact of two other extremes: doing nothing or buying out and leveling more than 900 flood-prone structures. The latter is unlikely to be pursued because past estimates projected a mass buyout of so many properties would cost more than
Findings on all options -- and the recommended one -- will be detailed during the meeting at
A posting about the meeting on the borough's website said the meeting involves a proposed levee. Brozena said he will hold off on specifics until the public meeting.
The borough is considering securing protection on its own because the
Instead, Brozena said the borough has been following the example of
"They've been very successful moving forward in a non-Corps environment," Brozena said.
The consultants based the new study on federal data compiled since Tropical Storm Lee made the river swell to 42.66 feet in 2011, causing
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