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Quad City Flood Resiliency Alliance Meeting

River Action’s next Quad City Flood Resiliency Alliance meeting is scheduled for August 17th from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM at the R. Richard Bittner Downtown YMCA. Please note that the location of the meeting has changed as we usually have meetings at Riverdale City Hall, but that parking lot is currently under construction. We hope to resume at the normal location for our meeting in November. We welcome all residents, city officials and employees, and anyone who has an interest in flood prevention and mitigation to come.

At the quarterly Quad City Flood Resiliency Alliance meeting we will have multiple speakers from the Quad Cities and beyond coming to enlighten us on different topics. The first speaker is Marilyn Sucoe, who is the Northeast Floodplain Program Manager for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. She will be speaking about the new FEMA regulations and certificates changes that are going to be changing the application process of the Community Rating System or CRS. The CRS is a system set up to give homeowners discounts on their flood insurance premiums if the community they live in is in the program. This information is very important to the communities in the Quad Cities because a couple communities are already in the CRS and there are others who are currently trying to get into the CRS.

The second speaker is Dan Miers who is the Water Pollution Control Plant Manager for the city of Davenport. He will be speaking about Wastewater Flows for rain events, pre-1930’s, during drought and during flooding. During the flooding a few months ago, some communities had to pump sewage into the Mississippi River, so it did not back up our pumping infrastructure and Davenport did not have to do that so we would love to hear what they did!

The third speaker is Jim Hawkes with the Scott County Emergency Management Agency. He will be speaking to us about keeping Scott County communities informed and ready for emergencies like flooding, tornados, thunderstorms, and other weather events. As weather in the area continues to become more extreme, it will become more necessary to keep residents informed about how to stay safe and prevent damage to their properties.

We hope you will join us for the Quad City Flood Resiliency Alliance meeting on August 17th from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM because flooding is an issue that effects everyone in the community and we want you to be more informed and participate in a conversation about how we can better prepare for what is to come.