Stormwater in Mt Lebanon

In recent years, Mt Lebanon has debated on how to tackle storm water issues.

With certain elements of encouragement by local agencies, Mt Lebanon ventured into a comprehensive analysis of how to not only plan for storm water type issues, but also how to pay for any intervention.  After many public meetings in 2011, a vote was taken to adopt a storm water fee to help pay for addressing many of the community’s flooding issues.

As anyone can imagine, most Commissioners can pull up to an area flooded and immediately want to fix the problem and with storm water it is really not that easy.

Many, many hours of time/resources are pulled together by staff/consultants to not only try and determine a priority list but also figure out the best way to solve a problem.

AND even tackling the problem can be complicated, because sometimes what seems to be the answer to the problem may become a new problem for another neighborhood, street or resident.

Here’s a power point I shared with the Commission last evening.  The first slide is a video from Chalmers and I can’t get it to show on the power point directly so please watch with the link provided.

Some residents may feel this isn’t a problem for them, so who cares?!??!  However I personally feel that we do have a responsibility to be good to our neighbors.  If my home was flooded to the first floor rafters, I would hope that someone would help me and my family find relief.  However also take a look at some of these streets they are main roads in our community.

Find information from the National Weather Service about Flooding.

The United States National Weather Service shares information about programs like “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” for flash floods.  Recommending people get out of the area of a flash flood, rather than trying to cross it.

“Many people tend to underestimate the dangers of flash floods. What makes flash floods most dangerous is their sudden nature and fast moving water. A vehicle provides little to no protection against being swept away; it may make people overconfident and less likely to avoid the flash flood. More than half of the fatalities attributed to flash floods are people swept away in vehicles when trying to cross flooded intersections.  As little as 2 feet (0.61 m) of water is enough to carry away most SUV-sized vehicles. The U.S. National Weather Service reported in 2005 that, using a national 30-year average, more people die yearly in floods, 127 on average, than by lightening, tornadoes or hurricanes.”

Additional Information:

The City of Tacoma Public Works has a nice quick-read brochure that any homeowner could read to get helpful information on how to protect your home.

Here’s additional information on Green Infrastructure methods.

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