How Montco is preparing for future floods


The Stormwater Authority will collect a stormwater management fees residents starting in 2023. The money, Smith said, will allow Norristown to sustainably manage Norristown’s stormwater pipes, which are about 33 miles long.

“If we were to compare it to pipes for water service or sewer service, it’s about the same amount of pipes,” Smith said.

In response to a resident’s question about why Norristown created a new stormwater authority, Smith said there should be a change in mindset among community members, community leaders and state and federal leaders, “thinking about stormwater management as if it were any other kind.” infrastructures. »

David McMahon, a resident of Norristown, said his residents are worried about the fees piling up. Ultimately, he said he hopes the municipality considers stormwater mitigation and energy sustainability plans 50 years from now.

He said he would like all new developments to be viewed through this lens, so that plans for stormwater are “integrated into the original concept.”

Municipalities in Montgomery County are developing stormwater mitigation plans.

Bridgeport Borough was one of the hardest hit areas in Montgomery County.

As of November 2021, 380 people in Montgomery County lived in hotel rooms. About a quarter of them were from Bridgeport, where 300 people were evacuated from their homes and 500 were temporarily relocated.

Bridgeport established a post-Hurricane Ida Flood Review Committee to review preparedness for and response to Ida before, during and after the disaster, according to Bridgeport Borough Superintendent Keith Truman.

Bridgeport is strengthening its emergency response protocols, including implementing “reverse 911,” which allows the borough to send automated calls and messages to residents’ mobile devices in the event of an emergency.

Bridgeport Borough Council vice-chairman Tony Heyl said the borough is also setting up internal committees on stormwater mitigation implementation.

The borough talks with its engineer about new developments and their impacts on stormwater on a case-by-case basis.

“We look at where the water has gone and we try to make sure that development doesn’t all happen in one place,” he said. “It’s not necessarily about stopping [development]. But just making sure that when development happens we have a clear plan for safety and flooding.

Heyl also hopes municipalities can start working together and sharing creative solutions with each other.

“The local government is not powerless. You can do little things,” Heyl said. “If every borough does these things, then we can all make a difference together.”


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