Sep 01, 2020

Virginia City Works on Storm Water Improvements

Two major floods hit Staunton, Virginia in two weeks.

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Two floods hit Staunton, Virginia, leaving the city to assess storm water mitigation plans.

As a result, the city will be doing assessments on its current and planned storm water management facilities and practices, according to the News Leader.

The assessments will be led by the city engineer, storm water manager, building official and superintendent. The assessments came after business and residential properties saw more than $3 million in damage after the Aug. 8 flood and Aug. 22 flood. 

"City officials recognize and understand the devastating toll that the recent damaging floods have taken on Staunton residents and businesses, and are committed to urgently exploring solutions that will improve storm water management systems." according to a press release. "These potential solutions must be considered with an understanding that any meaningful measures will require time and will not provide an immediate remedy."

An analysis of planned capital improvement projects and revenue sources so improvements to the storm water management systems will occur so that long-term strategies can be implemented, according to the News Leader.

The cost of storm water projects for the next five years will be $4.2 million, with an additional $20 million in unscheduled and unfunded projects. 

The revenues dedicated to these projects are from storm water and erosion and sediment control fees, which total only approximately $780,000 annually. 

Public Works crews are doing daily maintenance of the city's storm water management infrastructure. The extreme rainfall amounts in short periods earlier this month made it difficult on existing storm water conveyance channels. The rainfall ultimately led to damage in the floodplain area of the city, reported the News Leader. 

To improve flood resiliency, the city staff is studying flood control measures and trying to identify solutions, which include:

  • Revised flood maps for the West Beverley Street corridor; 

  • Potential projects to support flood resiliency;

  • Addressing drainage issues in small, localized areas;

  • Designing the Tams Caroline Augusta storm drain project; 

  • And improving the storm water system at Central Avenue and Johnson Street and with the Churchville Avenue improvement project.  

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