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.