Residents Encouraged to Attend Public Meeting No. 2 To Review Draft Flood Mapping and Provide Feedback for Comprehensive Storm Water Master Plan
Paducah residents and those who live near the city limits are invited to attend Public Meeting No.2 to support the completion of a Comprehensive Storm Water Master Plan for the City of Paducah. The meeting will be Monday, November 13 from 4 until 7:30 p.m. at the Robert Cherry Civic Center located at 2701 Park Avenue. The City’s consultant team will make a brief presentation about the study progress at 5:45 p.m. Residents can attend the meeting anytime between 4 and 7:30 p.m.
The City’s consultant for this planning initiative will be talking with residents and property owners regarding storm water flooding issues that have recently affected homes and businesses throughout the community. Residents will be able to view maps and digital imagery that show the extents of flooding from a significant rainfall event. Residents are asked to review the “draft” flood maps that have been developed to replicate the community flooding that occurred from the July 7, 2015 storm event. Since the map reflects modeling efforts underway to recreate Paducah’s natural and manmade infrastructure including storm and combined sewer systems, topography, drainage basins, and river systems, residents are encouraged to provide feedback on the map’s accuracy.
Paducah Storm Water & Drainage Engineer Eric Hickman says, “We are the in the final stages of developing the existing conditions baseline model that will be used in evolving approaches to mitigate flooding in Paducah. We need residents to review the maps which are based on the most recent, significant flooding event that occurred on July 7, 2015. If a resident had flooding on that date, but the maps are not showing it, we need to know so that additional data can be collected.”
At the meeting, terminals will be set up so that residents can provide information directly to the engineers and technical consultants who are actively studying Paducah’s flood prone areas. The information will assist the engineers in further refining the scope and extent of flood areas.
Hickman adds, “Having an existing baseline model that accurately reflects current conditions is vital in developing a range of effective flood mitigation solutions. In other words, the solutions rely heavily on having the most accurate initial information.”
Paducah City Engineer & Public Works Director Rick Murphy says, “This process requires the continued input and participation by residents. We are all working together to prepare a master plan that addresses the needs and concerns of this community for storm water issues. It is a community effort to identify the problem areas, research possible solutions, and determine the appropriate level of service. We know that we cannot eliminate flooding in Paducah; however, we need the public’s help in determining acceptable goals that can be accomplished financially and physically.”
Once the existing conditions baseline model is completed, the team will evaluate a range of flood mitigation alternatives and costs. A recommended plan and priorities will be presented in the future. The City of Paducah will be evaluating funding mechanisms to implement drainage improvement projects in addition to water quality protection, operations and maintenance, and rehabilitation of aging storm sewer infrastructure.
Concerned citizens are encouraged to share their firsthand accounts of flooding on their property and surrounding areas by providing any additional input to further assist the planning effort. Photos that show flooding extents will be extremely useful accompanied with the date and time the photo was captured along with the address or location of the property. This information may also be submitted at any time through email.
The first public meeting was held June 19 and was attended by approximately 65 Paducah and McCracken County residents who shared their storm water stories, photos, and concerns in addition to ideas to help solve storm water issues.
In March of this year, the City of Paducah contracted with Strand Associates, Inc. who is being assisted by Paducah-based Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering & Testing, Inc. to complete a Comprehensive Storm Water Master Plan for Paducah.