workshops offered in buchanan county for landowners interested in floodproofing their homes
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Workshops offered in Buchanan County for landowners interested in floodproofing their homes

flooded streetThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting Section 202 Flood Risk Reduction workshops on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The workshops will be held on the second floor of the Buchanan County Government Center in Grundy. The government center is located at 4447 Slate Creek Road in Grundy.

Eligible landowners of Buchanan County who have questions about protecting their structures from flooding and would like to submit an application for the project are invited to attend public workshops that will provide information about the voluntary Buchanan County Section 202 Flood Risk Reduction project.

The Corps of Engineers reopened the voluntary application period for the Buchanan County Section 202 Flood Risk Reduction project immediately after the July 13 flood event in the county. Eligible property owners should use these sessions to ask questions and submit applications.

The project is designed to afford Buchanan County flood-damaged localities a level of protection against flooding at least sufficient to prevent any future losses to these communities from the likelihood of flooding such as occurred in April 1977.

The sessions will provide information to landowners for those structures in the county that were flooded by the April 1977 flood and that are still eligible for either voluntary floodproofing (raising the structure above the April 1977 flood level) or acquisition and demolition (purchasing the structure if it cannot safely be raised).

Additional information may be found on the Corps of Engineers website.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.