Area towns look at flood plain management

Pre-Season Sale! $259 per ton - Premium Wood Pellets, Delivery Available - Curtis Lumber

B y Jaime Thomas

Years ago, the idea of worrying about flooding in Granville and its surrounds was a non-issue.

Since Tropical Storm Irene came in and wreaked havoc, things have changed.

Various towns throughout Washington County, including Hartford and the town and village of Granville, are now looking into hiring a flood plain manager.

“They (county officials) want municipalities to have someone look and see if a property is in a flood plain before building,” said Hartford Supervisor Dana Haff, adding that each town is already supposed to have a flood plain manager but many do not.

Rather than forcing new builders to pay for pricey flood insurance if they’re in what is deemed to be flood plain, a flood plain manager, or hydrologist, would come up with alternative options. Granville has been considering the services of A.E. Knapp and Associates.

“We have assisted thousands of homeowners, municipalities, developers, real estate agencies, and mortgage lenders in all aspects of floodplain management, resulting in well over $1 million in reduced or refunded premiums. If you are currently paying for flood insurance, or are proposing a development project in the floodplain, we look forward to putting our experience to work for you,” the company said on its website.

Village Clerk Rick Roberts gave an example of how such a service could be put to use. Several years ago, a flood plain expert told a new builder on River Valley Drive he had to raise his house by 18 inches. When Tropical Storm Irene came through, it was the only house in its area that didn’t suffer flood damage.

Because floods haven’t historically been a problem in the county, most towns don’t have an educated hydrologist among their employees.

“Instead of having to pay and train a new person, it would be more cost effective to contract with someone who is an expert come in and say, ‘Yes we’re in a floodplain’ or ‘No we’re not in the floodplain,’” said Matt Hicks, Granville town supervisor. He said the issue came to the forefront when residents began wondering if they were indeed in a flood plain after the hurricane.

Roberts said because there isn’t a lot of new development in the village of Granville, the issue of flood insurance hasn’t been a predominant one. Hicks thinks it will be useful to find out from the get-go how a property right on the flood line would be classified.

“That way we can make that designation right from the beginning,” he said.

Comments

comments


Tags: , , , , ,

North Country FreePress, September 18, 2020

Lakes Region FreePress, September 18, 2020

Dresden internet delayed

WIFI

By Jay Mullen Residents of Dresden are going to have to wait a little longer than previously thought for high-speed […]

Village police must prepare ‘reform, reinvention’ policy

Whitehall Police

By Jay Mullen As per Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order for police reform and reinvention, the Whitehall Village Board discussed […]

Poultney Historical Society meets Sunday with lecture on early biking in Vermont

Poultney Hist Soc bike lecture 6x4

The Poultney Historical Society will hold its annual meeting this year a bit differently. It’s teaming up with Slate Valley […]

Dresden eyes septic inspection law

dresden

By Jay Mullen A law requiring septic inspections by a certified septic inspector prior to any conveyance of property that […]

Granville Sentinel 9.17.20

Whitehall Times 9.17.20

Police Beat, Sept. 17

Granville Police Department Sept. 3 11:50 a.m. Randy R. Lizotte, 57, of Poultney, Vermont was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation […]

New owner to grow Hartford golf club

Photo courtesy of Hartford Greens Country Club official Facebook page.

By Austin Crosier Establishing a relaxing reprieve from the ever-stressful COVID-19 pandemic is what Dylan Faille, 28, is looking to […]

Granville town board holds open meeting

By Austin Crosier For the first time in six months, the Granville Town Board conducted a public meeting on Thursday […]

Hubbard Hall announces new play development project

HubbardHall-view-1

Hubbard Hall wants to hear stories about life during the pandemic in an end-of-summer playwriting challenge called “Our Stories: Life […]