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Floodplain Awareness Initiative Launched

By Staff | Jan 22, 2020

Lycoming County is launching the Blue Ribbon Project as part of the Greater Muncy Resiliency Plan. Over the next few months, County employees will be placing blue “-Flood-“” signs to indicate the water depth in a 100-year flood event.

In 2019, blue ribbons were placed at the height of the regulatory floodplain. The ribbons were informative but did not weather well; this project will replace the ribbons with aluminum signs.

The goal of the project is to raise awareness of and educate residents about the regulatory 100- year floodplain or Base Flood Elevation (BFE), as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Knowing the risk is important. Many residents are aware of the regulatory floodplain but are unaware of the depth of flooding. The floodplain is a concern to everyone in the community whether you live, work or do business in or out of it.

This project is an outgrowth of the Greater Muncy Resiliency Plan, collaborative project between Lycoming County, Muncy Borough, and Muncy Creek Township. The plan will identify specific, achievable projects that will help the greater Muncy community withstand and rebound from a diversity of threats and challenges. This is one of many projects aimed at increasing community flood preparedness, flood mitigation, and public education.

If you have further questions, please contact Jenny Picciano, Community Development/ Lead Planner for the Lycoming County Department of Planning and Community Development at 570-320-2136 or ipicciano@lyco.org.