Date of release: June 26, 2017
Residents who were unable to attend Public Meeting No. 1 on Monday, June 19, still are encouraged to submit their data regarding storm water events on their property as the City of Paducah works to develop a Comprehensive Storm Water Master Plan (CSMP). The first public meeting was well attended by approximately 65 Paducah and McCracken County residents who shared their storm water stories, photos, and concerns in addition to ideas to help solve storm water issues. That meeting was the first of three public meetings.
Paducah City Engineer & Public Works Director Rick Murphy says, “I want to thank the dozens of residents who attended the public meeting and shared their documentation about storm water events. This input and participation are vital in preparing a master plan that addresses the needs and concerns of the community.”
Murphy adds, “I also was pleased to hear from the residents that they are supportive of this plan and realize that this is a community effort to identify the problem areas, research possible solutions, and determine the appropriate level of service for the storm water issues.”
Professional Engineer Mike Woolum with Strand Associates says, “On behalf of the CSMP Project Team, we are truly grateful for the positive turnout at the first of three planned public meetings. The feedback we received was extremely insightful and clearly demonstrated the serious impacts certain areas of the community are experiencing from storm water flooding. The photographs and information that was shared will help inform the study and development of solutions designed to mitigate flooding in targeted problem areas.”
Residents are encouraged to provide as much information as possible about each flooding event that affected their business or home. Photos showing the extent of flooding in addition to the date of the rain event and the property’s address are extremely useful. A questionnaire is available online at Storm Water Master Plan and at the Survey Questionnaire Link. The public is encouraged to complete the questionnaire no later than August 1 since this feedback is crucial in identifying locations to be considered for detailed evaluations. Photos, the questionnaire, and firsthand accounts also can be submitted through email.
Paducah Storm Water & Drainage Engineer Eric Hickman says, “I am eager to gather as much information as possible from citizens since this is a comprehensive plan for the Paducah area that involves numerous drainage basins and watersheds.”
The next public meeting will be this fall. At that meeting, the CSMP Project Team intends to share results of modeling efforts for existing conditions including the evaluation of recent flood events. They also will be prepared to discuss possible approaches that could be considered to mitigate flooding as the team enters the alternatives evaluation phase of the master planning process.
In March of this year, the City of Paducah contracted with Strand Associates, Inc. who is being assisted by Paducah-based Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering & Testing, Inc. to complete a Comprehensive Storm Water Master Plan for Paducah.