July 16, 2015 09:34

City and County to Collaborate

In Florida, the city of Pensacola and Escambia County are working together, something that is historically rare in that region. In April of last year, the area was hit with flooding severe enough to warrant a state-of-emergency declaration, and causing millions of dollars in damage. In an effort to ward off future disasters, the city and the county will move to a 100-year event standard for future developments.

“We’ve chosen to start with city/ county cooperation,” said City Administrator Eric Olsen. “We know that in the past, our practices led us to the situation where we are now.” Both bodies are applying to FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, looking to fund stormwater infrastructure improvements.

They’re also applying to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, seeking grants for homeowners and businesses to retrofit with rain gardens, pervious paving, and other stormwater retention features.

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In many ways, we are fortunate that, in our chosen profession, we are able to help people when certain disasters occur: the tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, the flooding in Louisiana, the snows in the northeastern part of the country, the rain in California, and the snow in Colorado....

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