Whiteside County Planning Ahead for Hazardous Weather
In Whiteside County, officials are working on plans to reduce the future damage from severe weather. Thursday afternoon the All Hazards Mitigation Planning Committee will meet to continue discussing possible projects.
A consulting firm, American Environmental, is helping the committee. And spokeswoman Andrea Bostwick says the main hazards they're planning for are flooding and severe storms.
"Some of the projects are things like generators so that we can keep those critical services functioning if power outages occur. Things like lift stations for drinking water and wastewater treatment plants."
Other possibilities include "hardening" important buildings and facilities so they can withstand any type of severe weather. The planning committee includes local governments, hospitals, and school districts.
The sheriff's office says flooding and storms in Whiteside County have caused at least 9.5 million dollars in property damage and more than 22 million dollars worth of crop damage.
Bostwick says once the plan is finished in a few months it will be forwarded to state and federal emergency management agencies for their approval.