Scottsville and Charlottesville Receive Flood Preparedness Grants | Local government






The Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department and other community members are installing the flood barrier on November 12, 2020 on Ferry Street in Scottsville.


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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Charlottesville and the City of Scottsville received grants from the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund to help plan and initiate projects to address the effects of recurrent flooding and extreme weather conditions.

Charlottesville will receive $ 94,276, while Scottsville will receive $ 123,346, it was announced Thursday in a press release.

“The Community Flood Preparedness Fund will provide approximately $ 75 million per year to improve the resilience of our Commonwealth, including targeted funding for the most vulnerable and underserved communities in Virginia,” Gov. Ralph Northam said in the statement. “This funding is only possible through our participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which continues to reduce costs for families facing extreme weather conditions and frequent flooding.”

Scottsville plans to use its grant money to survey and modify the floodplain map for two vulnerable areas of the city.

In its request, the city claims it has two related mapping issues that “threaten security and hamper economic growth.”

“First, the old tire factory seems [be] wrongly labeled as floodplain when it shouldn’t be, ”the app said. “A [Federal Emergency Management Agency Letter of Map Revision] process will facilitate adaptive reuse of the plant. Second, the historic city center enjoys dike protection, but the level of flash flood protection is uncertain, given watershed development and global climate change. It is important to update hydraulic models and maps with newer technology.