Town Meeting to be Held to Update Huntington Community on Flood Mitigation


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Jan. 4, 2008

Town Meeting to be Held to Update
Huntington Community on Flood Mitigation

At a town meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., in the Jack Knowles Lecture Hall at Walt Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parker’s Lane, Alexandria, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, will provide a project update on flood control measures to protect the Huntington community in Fairfax County, which experienced flooding in June 2006. The meeting is being hosted by Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland.

USACE staff will present information about the various alternatives to protect the community from flooding, and will review structural alternatives such as dredging of Cameron Run, a levee or flood wall, and non-structural alternatives such as flood proofing individual homes, and buyouts. Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and to provide feedback following the presentation. In addition, a Spanish language translator will translate the meeting.

The town meeting is a follow-up to a meeting on April 24, 2007, where the USACE presented preliminary flood control measures to protect the Huntington community.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers performed a study of the Cameron Run floodplain in relation to the June 25-26, 2006, flooding in the Huntington community. The study compiled past surveys and studies along Cameron Run, as well as rain gauge data and stream data from the June flooding to determine the risk and extent of future flooding. The report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is posted online on the Fairfax County Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/stormwater/floodreport.htm.

For further information or questions about the town meeting, contact Camylyn Lewis of the Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division at 703-324-5500, TTY 711.

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