Buchanan County Section 202 Project
The primary components of the project include school relocations; an Emergency Evacuation Plan (EEP); and a voluntary floodproofing and floodplain evacuation program. The Buchanan County Career and Technical Center (BCCTHLC) qualifies for a floodproofing Ringwall around the facility and USACE Huntington District completed the Design Documentation Report (DDR) in November 2019. The least costly feasible flood damage reduction method for Hurley High School (HHS) is relocating outside of the floodplain and Huntington District completed the HHS Design Documentation Report (DDR) in May 2020. The Huntington District is currently in Relocations/ Floodproofing Agreement negotiations with the Board of Education for both of these schools.
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 & demolition (purchasing the structure if it cannot safely be raised), the Huntington District has updated our mapping information and performed site visits to confirm eligibility. Eligible landowners will receive a letter providing information on voluntary floodproof and acquisition eligibility, the application process, and direct them to this website for information on the program. The District has been accepting and processing eligible applications since October 2020 and will close the application period on June 30, 2022. Those eligible property owners who have not provided USACE with a complete application should do so as soon as possible and attend USACE Open House events or contact the District if there are any questions. After an owner’s application is processed and accepted the Huntington District will begin with the floodproofing & acquisition process.
In April 2020 the US Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District received Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Policy Implementation Guidance for the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019 (Public Law 116-20) which provides completion of the project at full federal expense. The previous 2005 Partnership Agreement had a 95% federal – 5% nonfederal cost share requirement. Therefore, Buchanan County will not be required to fund 5% of costs for the schools relocations/ floodproofing and eligible commercial & residential structures floodproofing & acquisitions. The USACE finalized approval of a full federal funding amendment to the 2005 Agreement with Buchanan County and the Buchanan Board of Supervisors and USACE executed the Agreement Amendment on 27 October 2020.
Additional Background. The county is included in the Section 202 program because the April 1977 flood which caused damages in the Buchanan County project area. Section 202 was authorized by the Energy and Water Development Appropriation Act of 1981 and amended by Section 352 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-303) and by Section 336 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-541), as a response to flooding in the Tug and Levisa Fork basins. The minimum level of protection afforded to the voluntary nonstructural participant is equivalent to the April 1977 flood or 1% annual exceedence event (100-year), whichever is greater. This project encompasses those areas of Buchanan County except for the Town of Grundy, which was addressed previously in a separate Huntington District Flood Risk Management project.