Waukon residents invited to July 17 City Council meeting to discuss hazard mitigation

Allamakee County is completing an update to its 2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan is being developed with the cities of Harpers Ferry, Lansing, New Albin, Postville, Waterville and Waukon, as well as with Allamakee County (representing unincorporated areas), to assess hazard risk and prioritize mitigation actions to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property.

Flooding, severe storms and man-made risks, such as hazardous materials or transportation incidents, are examples of the types of hazards that have been addressed for the area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department, has supported this planning process by offering grant funds to Allamakee County Emergency Management.

Residents of Waukon are invited to attend a public hazard mitigation planning meeting to be held during the regularly scheduled Waukon City Council session Monday, July 17 at 7 p.m. The address for the city council chambers is 101 Allamakee Street in Waukon. At the meeting planners will engage the city council, city staff and community members in a discussion of hazard risks and hazard mitigation actions specific to Waukon. Public input on this topic is greatly valued and all interested citizens are encouraged to attend and be involved.

For those who would like to learn more about the current Allamakee County Hazard Mitigation Plan, visit the following Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission website to view the existing plan document: http://uerpc.org/allamakee-haz-mit.html. Anyone who has further questions is invited to contact Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission Regional Planner Michelle Barness at 563-382-6171 or by email at mbarness@uerpc.org.

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