Two public meetings to provide information about the Buchanan County Section 202 Flood Risk Management project will be offered in October by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, in coordination with the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors.
The open house meetings will take place on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The in-person sessions are on the 2nd floor of the Buchanan County Government Center, 4447 Slate Creek Road, Grundy, VA 24614. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments can be scheduled with representatives by calling 1-888-841-9649 beginning Oct. 1, 2021.
In addition, on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees will visit structures whose owners were previously notified and have not yet applied. They will answer owner questions and assist with the voluntary application process.
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 at the following Corps of Engineers website: https://www.lrh.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Buchanan-County/
For more information, contact the Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5353.
Release no. 21-025