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Grants to fund flood study in Bloomsburg area

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Grants to mitigate stormwater runoff and flooding in Bloomsburg-Lime Ridge Area


BLOOMSBURG - Two grants have been awarded to the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) to study how to mitigate stormwater runoff and flooding along the Bloomsburg-Lime Ridge corridor from the Town of Bloomsburg through Scott Township and ending in South Centre Township.

The study, bolstered by a $25,000 U.S. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant and a $25,000 state grant through the Columbia County Commissioners office, will help identify stormwater management improvements for 1,700 houses and 239 businesses and rail infrastructure in the Kinney’s Run area of the Town of Bloomsburg and Scott Township.  There are also stormwater drainage issues in Scott Township and in the low-lying areas of South Centre Township that are part of the engineering study.

During high water events, Kinney Run and the Susquehanna River typically flood, impacting Route 11 and Bloomsburg. Flooding of low-lying areas impacts many businesses along that corridor sustaining millions of dollars in property damage and business interruption costs.

The study will focus on how stormwater flows to the south side of Route 11.  There, water collects in low-lying areas and floods properties before slowly draining into the river.

The state funding was made available through the efforts of Senator John Gordner through a Department of Community and Economic Development grant totaling $500,000.  The County Commissioners allocated $25,000 specifically towards this important stormwater study. 

“Representative David Millard and I have been successful in identifying state monies that are available to fund flood protection projects,” Senator John Gordner said.  “It is imperative though to know where those monies can best be used and where to do projects in those areas that will have long term positive impacts.”

Jeff Stover, JRA executive director, said these funding sources meet a critical need.

“This is a much-needed study, especially since flooding seems to happen more frequently.  The problem impacts both residents and businesses,” Stover said. “We look forward to seeing what solutions the study presents.”

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Created at 9/11/2019 11:50 AM by Kristen
Last modified at 9/11/2019 11:51 AM by Kristen