ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, and its partners are hosting a public meeting in the City of Arnold on Wednesday, February 12, from 6:00 -8:00 pm, to present the draft findings and recommendations of the Lower Meramec Multi-Jurisdictional Floodplain Management Plan (FMP).
(This meeting has been rescheduled from its original date of February 5, 2020, due to inclement weather.)
The meeting will include an overview of the FMP including preliminary findings and recommendations.
“Homes, businesses and infrastructure in the Lower Meramec basin have been significantly impacted by two recent floods of record as well as localized flash flooding,” said Shawn Sullivan, Strategic Planning Coordinator for the Army Corps of Engineers. “These meetings will give some concrete ways that local communities in partnership with federal and state agencies and even non-profit organizations can partner with the Meramec Basin communities to reduce flood risk to citizens and business owners.”
After the presentations, subject-matter experts from the Corps of Engineers and partnering agencies and local governments will be available to answer questions, demonstrate their respective agency’s tools, and provide any additional information to local residents and business owners.
The meeting partners include representatives from: St. Louis, Jefferson, and Franklin Counties; the communities of Arnold, Eureka, Fenton, Pacific, Sunset Hills, Union, Valley Park, and Wildwood; Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, USGS, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Wichita State University’s Environmental Finance Center, EPA, and FEMA (Region 7).
The FMP considers primary strategies and tools to modify human susceptibility to flood damage and disruption through floodplain and floodwater management recommendations such as land use regulations, flood risk awareness and communication, flood damage reduction measures informed by a partial nonstructural assessment, as well as potential funding sources for implementing the recommendations.
The Lower Meramec Multi-Jurisdictional Floodplain Management Plan may be viewed at: https://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Missions/Programs-Project-Management/Lower-Meramec-Basin/ or the St. Louis District Facebook at, www.facebook.com/teamsaintlouis.
The Arnold meeting date and location has been rescheduled as follows:
Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Arnold City Hall, Council Chambers
2101 Jeffco Blvd.
Arnold, Missouri 63010
Release no. 20-005