Upcoming Public Meetings to Teach Residents About Flood Risk & Safety; WRAL Meteorologist Greg Fishel is Guest Speaker

News posted Aug. 03, 2018 - 6:00 am
Greg Fischel

Updated 8/24/18

**Due to an unexpected conflict, WRAL meteorologist Greg Fishel will not be speaking at the Aug. 29 meeting.**

The City of Raleigh will host two meetings this month to help residents prepare for heavy rain storms and flooding in September and October. The city experiences the most impacts from the hurricane season during these two months.

WRAL meteorologist Greg Fishel will give opening remarks at both meetings. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson St. The second meeting will be on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road. Both meetings start at 6 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to complete an online survey to let the City know where they experience the most severe impacts from flooding. At both public meetings, City staff will highlight programs that best address those flooding concerns. Information also will be used to plan for future improvements to the City’s stormwater system. The survey can be completed online.

City of Raleigh stormwater engineers also will discuss the following topics at both meetings:

  • Why flooding happens;
  • What to expect in different areas of the city;
  • What the City does to reduce impacts from flooding; and,
  • Resources that are available to the community.

The City of Raleigh Police Department and the City of Raleigh Fire Department will share hurricane safety tips and explain why it is important to drive safely during a rain storm. Representatives from the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping program will provide information about flood risk and flood insurance. During the meeting, residents can identify areas near their home where flooding is likely to occur using North Carolina’s Flood Risk Information System (FRIS). Children ages 5 and up are invited to learn about how the community can protect fish and other wildlife living in local streams.

For more information about this month’s two public meetings, contact the City’s Stormwater Management Division at 919-996-3940. Additional information also is available on the City’s website.

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