As part of a flood resiliency initiative in six communities, Milton Borough residents who live in the floodplain can have a voice in the effort to find solutions to flood-related issues, including potential flood insurance reform.
To jumpstart the effort in Milton, a public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 in Milton Borough building’s council room located at 2 Filbert St.
SEDA-Council of Governments’ (SEDA-COG) staff will facilitate the discussion of flood mitigation ideas, residents’ needs, and the flood resiliency project. Milton Borough is working with SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) to undertake this flood resiliency effort in the borough.
The meeting offers a platform to hear residents’ flood-related issues and discuss potential solutions. It is envisioned to be a working group, allowing Milton residents to engage in dialogue during the meeting, resulting in a brainstorming and educational opportunity.
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. 22) 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. 31.
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.
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.