Lewisburg Borough residents who live in the floodplain can learn about flood insurance options at a public meeting on Aug. 31.
Pennsylvania Insurance Department representatives will speak about private flood insurance and important information about the National Flood Insurance Program.
It will be held at 6 p.m. at Bucknell University in the Forum, room 272 of the Elaine Langone Center.
The meeting offers a platform to hear residents’ flood-related issues and discuss potential solutions. It is envisioned to be a working group, allowing Lewisburg residents to engage in dialogue during the meeting, resulting in a brainstorming and educational opportunity.
This meeting is part of a larger flood resiliency initiative in six communities. Lewisburg Borough is working with SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) to undertake this flood resiliency effort in the borough.
Teri Provost, the SEDA-COG staffer who is helping to head the effort, said the process only works with community involvement.
“It’s an exciting opportunity because residents can have a voice in the effort to find solutions to flood-related issues, including potential flood insurance reform,” Provost said.
Another piece of the initiative is a community survey. Residents of properties in the floodplain are receiving a survey (mailed Aug. 4) that will help SEDA-COG and the borough examine impacts of flood insurance reform on policyholders. An accompanying letter explains the project and process.
Completed forms should be returned by Aug. 18.
The initiative is part of SEDA-COG’s education and training process that helps municipalities find solutions to flood-related issues. At its completion, SEDA-COG aims to examine legislative solutions to flood insurance reform with local, state, and federal officials.
Appalachian Regional Commission and Keystone Communities Program grants are funding the completion of a planning process to develop a self-help assessment tool for six central Pennsylvania riverine communities: Bloomsburg, Danville, Lewisburg, Milton, Newport, and Selinsgrove.
Although this meeting is being offered for Lewisburg residents, if others live in the communities listed above, they are welcome to attend. Seating may be limited, so call Teri Provost at SEDA-COG at 1-800-332-6701 before attending.
The assessment tool is aimed at assisting the municipality and its residents in defining, designing, and implementing flood resiliency strategies.
Through this, community teams and flood task force committees form that further generate actionable solutions.
For more information, residents may call SEDA-COG’s Teri Provost at 1-800-332-6701.