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Date:3/18/12 To:SouthSalemResidentsofWard4 Re:JanuaryFloodingQuestionandAnswer AttachedtothisletteryouwillfindresponsestomanyofthequestionsthatwereraisedfromtheFlood TalkheldattheSouthSalemSeniorCenter.Theintentoftheseresponsesistoprovidefeedbackto someoftheconcernsraisedbyarearesidents.WherefactsarerequestedIhaveattemptedtoprovide themandwhereappropriateIhavesharedmypersonalunderstanding.Someresponsesarefromstaff andothersarefromme. AlsoattachedtothisletterisaQ&AdocumentputtogetherbytheCity.Itaddressessomeofthesame questionsandincludesothersthathavecomeupsincethemeeting. Iintendedtosendoutthecommunicationmuchearlierthanthis,howeverthereareafewcriticalpieces ofinformationIwaswaitingon.Mostnotablywouldbethesizeofthestormeventthatwehadin termsofreturnfrequency(iewasthisa50yearevent,100year,etc).Thisstormwasrecently determinedtobean80yeareventattheairport,withahigheramountofrainbeingmeasuredinother areasoftown.

.UnfortunatelywedonthaveafrequencyanalysisattheBattleCreekraingaugeto compareagainst. Lastly,pleasenotethatCityofSalemstaffisholdinganopenhousetodiscussthefloodingevents.To date,staffhasheardalloftheconcernscontainedinthiscommunicationandwillbeusingthisopen housetopresenthowtheCitymonitorsourwaterwaysandtoheartheseandotherconcernsdirectly fromneighbors.Pleasemakeanefforttoattendthisopenhouseandletyourneighborsknowaboutit. Themeetinginformationisasfollows: CityofSalemFloodingOpenHouse Location: SouthSalemSeniorCenter Date: Thursday,3/22/12 Time: 5:007:00 Asalways,feelfreetopassthiscommunicationontofriendsandneighbors.Mycontactdatabaseis limitedandIwouldlikethistomakeitswaytoasmanypeopleaspossible. Ifyouhaveanyquestionsorconcernspleaseemailme. RichClausen CityCouncilor,Ward4 CityofSalem

BattlecreekCommunityMeetingFebruary7,2012 Concerns,Comments,andQuestions
Item Issue 1 Trees Aretherealternativestocuttinglarge,healthytrees? Modificationsactuallyhurtingnegativeimpact(e.g.treeremoval)(BattleCreek Woods/Fairwayhouses) CouncilororStaffComments(3/2/12) Status

WekeepcuttingthetreesthatcouldholdthewaterincludingintheGolfCourse drainage.Canweengineermoresensitively?

CityStaffThedrainagebasinscontributingtoflowsintheBattlecreekareaarequite largeandtheoverallinfluenceoftreesontheseverityofthe2012floodingisrelatively small.ConstructionoftheWalnCreekimprovements,thenewcollectorstreet,anda newbermaroundtheeastandsouthpartofthesiterequiredremovalof approximately70trees.Severalthousandnewplantsofnativespeciesand appropriatetoastreamsideenvironmentwillbeplantedadjacenttoWalnCreekas partoftheproject.StreettreeswillbeplantedalongthenewstreetandCommercial Street.

Stormdrainage Stormsewercleaningconcern I5culvert? Wereculvertsblocked?

Note:waterbackingupfromexistingstormdrains

CityStaffPublicWorkscrewsroutinelycleanallstreamgratesonaprogrammed scheduledefinedinourStormwaterManagementManualaswellaswhenrequested. ThegrateatGilmorefieldwascleanedthreetimesontheJanuary18,2012,theday beforethemajorrainfallhit,asweremanyothergratesintown.Thecityalsohasan annualprograminwhichcollegeinternsandstudentsclean46milesofstreams.Last year,theteamremovedover6tonsofdebristhatpeoplehaddiscardedintocity streamsplus95cubicyardsofunnaturaldebris. RichClausenIdidnotseetheculvertsatI5butitismyunderstanding,fromsecond andthirdhandsources,thattheculvertsdidnotreachcapacity.

Note:Cityhassetasidespecific/dedicatedstormwaterfunds

Needforupdateddrainagedata

RichClausenIdon'trecallwherethiscommentwasheaded.Itismyhopethatthe informationinthiscommunicationandotherattachmentsmightfulfillthisrequest.

RichClausenThiscouldbearesultofpreviousstormwatercodes.The neighborhoodssurroundingBattlecreekwereallconstructedpreviousto1984and thereforehadmuchlessstringentrequirementsforstormwaterdrainageor detention. NostormdrainsnearDoral Asitwas,therewerestormdrainson13ththatwereflowingONTOthestreet,soit mayalmosthavebeenbetterforresidentsthattherewerenotdrains.Iwouldbe curiousforneighborstocontactmeandletmeknowifDoralhasissueswithwater pondingupinnormalrainsorifitseemstodrainreasonablywell. C

Culvertsadequate?

RichClausenThisquestionhasbeenposedtoCitystaffandispendingfeedback. Specificallyinquestionarethe13thstreetandSunnysideculvertsforBattlecreekand PowellaswellastheWoodsideculvertforWalnCreek.

Manyareashadwatercomingfromseveraldirections(differentthanusualflow) (Example:bothnorthandsouthofnewridgeonFairway;bothsidesonDoralnear th 13 )

RichClausenPleaseseetheattachedslidefrommypresentationthatdepictsmy understandingoffloodwaysduringthe2012flooding.SincethepresentationsIhave updatedittomatchsomeofthecommentsthatIheardatthemeeting.Ifyousee anythingthatImissedorrepresentedincorrectly,pleaseletmeknowviaemail. C I'mnotsurehowthenewbridgemayhaveimpactedwaterflowsintheareabutat thispointknowingtheaccuratefloodayswillbeinvaluableinformationforplanning duringtheBattlecreekParkmasterplanprocess.

Bridgemodificationsimpactedwaterflow

Needforbermsonthesouthandeastofthegolfcourse

RichClausenCurrentlytheconstructionplansforWalnCreekandthenewcollector Therewassupposedtobeanetzeroimpactofthedevelopmentbutweneedmore streetincludetheadditionofbermsonthesouthandeastsideoftheBattlecreek retentioncapacity property.Formoreinformationpleasevisit: http://www.cityofsalem.net/CityCouncil/Pages/SignificantApprovedProjectsStatusRe port.aspx . NeedtoopenupBattlecreek;increasesizeofwaterdetentionbasin(e.g.FairwayEast) BattlecreekGolfCoursealwaysfloodsup(eveninnon50/100yearevents) ThesebermsmayhelptodirectwateroffoftheBattlecreekpropertyasitheads downstreamandpreventsomeofthespreadingoffloodwaterthroughthe surroundingareas.

Note:WemayneedanupdateregardingtheGolfCoursedevelopment RichClausenAsdiscussedinmypresentation,thecurrentcoderequiresthatnew developmentlimitstormwaterrunofftotheequivolentofa5yearraineventonthe propertypriortodevelopment.Theamountexceedingthe5yeareventmustbe retainedonsiteuptoa50yearrainevent.Anyraineventsover50yearsexceeds Inadditiontoissuesredrainage,lookintoamountofwaterflowingintothedrainage capacityofthesebasinsandwillfloodintothesurroundingcreeks. Iamopenforsuggestionsonanychangestothiscode.Currentlyotherjurisdictions approachthisrequirementdifferentlyandIplantodosomeresearchregardingthis issue.

BattlecreekCommunityMeetingFebruary7,2012 Concerns,Comments,andQuestions
Item Issue CouncilororStaffComments(3/2/12) Status Developmentimpact 3 Nowatersolutionsyetasschooldevelopmentoccurs PlansfordrainagearoundGreenside Whyarewedoingfloodmitigationafter schooldevelopment? RichClausenTheschoolsitewasapprovedviaaTypeIIplanreview.Thepublic Could/shouldhavemadebetterdecisions hearingwasheldon9/27/10andincludedtheplansfordevelopmentofthesite.AsI Note:Sincedevelopment(e.g.school),newareasarefloodingandwatercomingfrom commentedinthemeeting,minimalpublicinputwasprovidedatthehearing(seethe newdirections websiteatthebottomofthisresponse).Therewasacommentfromthe neighborhoodassociationandtherewasoneneighbor'scommentsregardingsaving Floodmitigationforschoolandcommercialareashasimpactedother(home)area(Ex;trees,butnocommentsregardingfloodinginthearea. Greenside) Noticewasgiventolandownerswithin250feetofthesubjectpropertyandtothe neighborhoodassociation.IsaythisnotinanaccusatorymannerbutsimplybecauseI wouldbeopentosuggestionsregardingothermeansofnotifyingpotentiallyimpacted neighborsofthesepublichearings.AsaCouncilor,publicinputonissuesiscriticalto makinggooddecisions.Andifpeopledon'tknowthatissuesareonthetableitishard togetthefeedback. Iwouldalsoencouragelocalinvolvementintheneighborhoodassociation.TheNAisa toollargelyusedandlistenedtobyCouncil.ItisanorganizationestablishedintheCity CharterandisagreatpointofinputforresidentsofSalem. Schoolpropertylandusedecision: http://www.cityofsalem.net/CityCouncil/LandUse/Documents/CITRVSPRADJ10 01_Decision.pdf

Inwhatwayswillthenewschoolaccessroadimpactwaterflow?(worsen?)

IstheSchoolDistrictjustdoingwhattheCityhaspermitted?Andwhatnowneedsto bedonetomakethatworkable?

Concern:Citizencommentsre:Citysdevelopmentdiscussionnotincludedinthe record

InvolvementofSchoolDistrictincludedinpostfloodassessment?

Note:Packwoodgetsfloodflow!(Wasthisnotedpreviously?)

RichClausenIhaverequestedthatCitystaffinvestigatetheissuessurrounding stormwateronthenewschoolsite.OncetheiranalysisiscompleteIwillbe requestingthattheCityworkwiththedistricttoimplementplans,ifany,tomitigate stormwaterflow.

Development/decisionsmadewithoutconsideringupdateddataandrecentland use/development

RichClausenMyunderstandingofcodeisthatifadevelomentmeetsstormwater detentionrequirements,asdescribedpreviously,ithasnogroundstoberejected.I alsounderstandthatcurrentcodedoesnotconsiderdownstreamimpactsofnew development. Iaminterestedtohearfromanyonethathasanyideasregardingthecurrentcode.I knowthatseveralotherjurisdictionslookdifferentlyatthestormwaterrequirements andwillbelookingintowhattheydo.

Whatdowedonowregardingupstreamdevelopment? Normalwinterwaterfloodsoverwhelmthesystem

Creeksideimpactondownstreamflooding?

RichClausenMypersonalperspectiveisthis:atthispointCreeksideisanexisting developmentthatcannotbechangedretroactively.Thisthenspeakstothequestion ofadditionalupstreamdetentionaswellastofuturedevelopmentcritera. Additionalupstreamdetentionisexpensive.Fundingsourceswouldbecriticalforthis dicsussion;whethertheybealocalimprovementdistrict(LID),anexactiononnew development,orafullblownCityGObond. Developmentcriteriaisalsoalargeissueandshouldimplementreasonable restrictionsthatallowmarketdrivendevelopmentwhileconsideringimpactsto stormwater.Asmentionedabove,otherjurisdictionsdothisdifferentlyandI'llbe lookingintothis.

Weneedtoidentifyareaswewanttoflood(e.g.Creekside)

Communication Whenweretherehighwaterwarnings,wereresidentstold?(Atleastsomewere not.) RichClausenIthinktheremaybetheabilityfortheCitytoofferamore comprehensivewarningtoresidentsaffectedbyflooding.I'dliketoexplorehaving automatedcallsgooutviatheGISsystemtopeoplewithinthefloodplaneinsouth SalemwhenBattleCreekhitshighwaterwatch.ThisissomethingthatIwillneedto explorewithstaff. RichClausenMyunderstandingisthattheCity'slineisopen24/7andsandbags wereavailable.PleaseseetheattachedQ&ApreparedbyCityStaffforfurther responses. RichClausenMyunderstandingisthattheCityisresponsibleforexistingstormwater systems.Weprovidedesignstandardsfornewdevelopmentandsetpolicyastowhat wherethesestandardsareset.Developersarerequiredtomeettheminimum standardsandinstallstormsystemsaccordingly.

Oneveofflood,emergencylinewasclosedandnosandbagsavailable.

Whoisaccountableforwhat?

BattlecreekCommunityMeetingFebruary7,2012 Concerns,Comments,andQuestions
Item Issue Will/howtogetfeedbacktoourquestions/concerns CouncilororStaffComments(3/2/12) RichClausenThisforumwasaperfectsettingforthefirstroundofinformation gathering.Followupcommunications,andpotentiallymeetings,willfollowas needed. I'mseeingthatitisevidentthatweneedsomecommunicationregardingthecurrent constructionprojectandplansfortheBattleCreekbasin.Informationneedstobe sharedastotheextentofwhat'shappeningnowandsomedesignintent.Atthispoint I'mnotsurehowthisinformationshouldbesentout.Iwilltrygetplansandamore thoroughdescriptionoftheprojectpostedontheCity'sprojectpage: http://www.cityofsalem.net/CityCouncil/Pages/SignificantApprovedProjectsStatusRe port.aspx NotethattheSouthGatewayNeighborhoodAssociationistheCity'sofficialconduit forcommunicatingwithneighbors.Iunderstandthatthisdoesnotreacheveryonein ourarea,howeverIwouldencouragepeopletoattendthesemeetings,receive updatesviaemail,orotherwisebetunedintotheseproceedings. Status

Absoluteneedforbothfeedback/discussionbetweenCityandresidents

Value/importanceofcommunityconnections.Citizentocitizen;citytoCity government Concern:CitizenEmergencyResponseTeam(CERT)didnotrespondeffectively/soon Istillneedtofollowuponthis.AtthispointIknowthatCERThelpedwithsome activitiesbutI'mnotsuretowhatlevel. enough 5 Other MonitoringCinnamonLake

RichClausenIstillneedtolookintothis.I'mnotsurehowCinnamonLaketiesinto theexistingstormsystems. RichClausenMyunderstaningisthatwaterflowisaffectedbythechannelthatis usedtogetthewaterfrompointAtopointB.Afloodwayisanidentifiedareaofland thatisapathwayforwaterduringafloodingevent.Afloodplainisalowlyingarea thatfillswith"stagnant"waterduringafloodingeven. Cloggedfloodwaysandrestrictingstreambanksinhibitthewater'sabilitytomoveand thereforespreadthewateroveralargerarea.

Whatfactorsareaffectingwaterflow?(FloodWaysvsFloodPlains) Floodplainscanbeusedtostrategicallyslowwaterflowsdown.Notethatthesizeof thefloodeventorraineventiscriticalhere.Afloodplaincapableofdetentionfora 75yeareventwillbeoverwhelmedina100yearevent.Ifwewanttoengineerthe floodplainthelargertheeventthatisplannedfor,themoreexpensivethestorm systemgets.AtthispointfewoftheCity'ssystemsareplannedtohandlea100year eventcapacityduetobudgetrestrictions.SeetheattachedQ&AfromtheCityfor moreonthis. Whatweretheactualstreamsflowvolume RichClausenIstillneedtofollowuponthis.WeknowthelevelofBattlecreekbut I'mhavenotseenthiscalculatedintoflowvolume,noramIsureifthisispossible withoutknowingflowrate. RichClausenThisisagoodreminderforneighborinlowlyingareas.Pleasecheck underyourhomestobesurethattherewasnotwaterdamageorstandingwater. RichClausenThisisavalidconcernthatIwillraisewithstafftocoordinatewiththe phonecompany.Iamapprciativeoftheworkthattheydidinprotectingthe equipment.

Note:Somewaterseepedupunderhomes

Concern:VulnerabilityoftheACSAstelephoneboxes/seniorcenter Suggestions(SeniorCenter) Regularcleaningofwaterways(creeks,ditches,stormdrains) DeepenMillCreekWillame e Regularcleaningofwaterways(creeks,ditches,stormdrains) Placementoflargerculverts Reducebuildingpermitsinfloodplain Afterthe96flood,didFEMAdoafloodplainupdate? Needforcreek/areaspecificdrainageplans Impactoncostoffloodinsurance?
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RichClausenIwilltaketheseconcernsintoadvisement.Therearemanyregulations regardingcleaningormodificationsofwaterways.

RichClausenIneedtofollowup RichClausenIneedtofollowup RichClausenIneedtofollowup

Commentcardleftatmeeting:Iboughtmynewhouseon13 Avenuein1980. Assumingbuildingcodesprotectedfromfloodinginanaturalwetland.TheStateGI RichClausenFirst,I'mgladtohearthatnodamagehappenedtothehouseinthisgo loanhadnorequirementforfloodinsuranceandthedeveloperallowedbyhouseto round. beonefootbelow100yearfloodplain.Ihadfloordamagein1996floodandnone thistimeexceptblockedbyBattlecreekandPowellCreekwater.Canwelegallysue Second,IhavenocommentregardingsuingtheCity.That'sabovemypaygrade. theCityforrecklessstandards?

BattlecreekCommunityMeetingFebruary7,2012 Concerns,Comments,andQuestions
Item Issue Woodside/Marstone 5 Seepageunderthehouseisanannualissue. CouncilororStaffComments(3/2/12) RichClausenThankyoufortheinformation.Lowlyinghomescommonlyhavethis issueandrequiresumppumps.However,itisimportantinformationforothersin similarsituationstocheckbelowtheirhomesregularlytocheckformoisture. RichClausenIfthereareconernsregardingfillbeingdumpeditwouldbebestto contactthePublicWorksofficeat5035886333. Thereappearstobefillthatisactivelydumpedatthesiteacrossthestream. AfterwalkingtheareawithPublicWorksstaff,theywillbelookingintothesituation andcontactingthepropertyownerifneeded. WalnisfloodingannuallyatWoodside. CulvertsunderWoodsideappeartobetoosmall,seemstobackupannually. Theareaisnotdesignatedasbeinginafloodplane. Detentionpondsdidn'tappeartobecollectingwaterduringtheflood. RichClausenAfterwalkingtheareawithneighborsIhavesomequestionstoaskof staff.I'mconcernedabouttheculvertsunderWoodsideaswellastheditchthatWaln Creekisrelegatedtointhearea.AlsothecofferdamjustnorthofMadrasisa concerntome.Asaresultofpreliminaryconversations,staffwillmakesome operationalchangestotheculvertatWoodsideandanalyzethesituationfurtherfor possibleinclusionasastormwattercapitalimprovementproject. C Status

RichClausenAfterwalkingtheareaCitystaffwillbereviewingthedetentionbasins andtheirfunction. RichClausenThiswasacommonthemewithotherareasthatwereflooded.Iwill ClosingWoodsideduringthefloodwashardtodobutverymuchneeded.Whencars raisethisissueattheCitytoseeifmoreroadclosedbarricadescouldbeputupduring drovethroughitsentwakeintohouses. futurefloodingevents. Marstone'sissueappearedtobeatthestormdrainbackingup. RichClausenItappearsthatthedevelopmentatMarstonewasdesignedsuchthat thedetentionpondisactuallyintheculdesacitself.Asexplainedinthepresentation, thiswouldexplainwhythestormdrainsbackupduringheavyrainevents.Anyrain eventoverthe5yearmarkwouldresultinwaterpoolinginthedeadend. Marstonehasfloodedtwoyearsinarownow. Stormdraingsarebackingup. However,thisdoesnotexplaindamagedonetohomesaroundtheculdesac.After Cityworkersweregreatwhentheycametocleanuplastyearbutwhydoesitkeep walkingtheareaI'vebecomeconcernedwithWaln'sculvertatWoodsideaswellas flooding? thecofferdamfurtherdownstream.Thereisachancethesetwoitemsmaybe causingWalntobackupintotheareaoftheMarstoneCtneighbors.Seecomments above.

Q&A---Salem Flood of January 2012


The following questions were raised by Battlecreek area residents at the February 7, 2012, community meeting. The answers have been developed by City staff.
Q. I have heard the January 2012 flood described as a 25-year, a 40-year, and a 100-year flood event. What was it really? What does that mean? How was this different than the 1996 flood? At the Salem Airport, 6.1 inches of rain fell during a 48-hour period between January 17 and January 19. This was the highest 48-hour rainfall total ever recorded at the Salem Airport and has been determined to be an 80-year event for that location. In Salem, an 80-year rainfall event has a 1.25% probability of occurring in any given year. Other City-operated rain gauges in Salem experienced even higher rainfall totals, exceeding the estimated 100-year event (less than 1% probability) for those locations. This heavy rainfall, combined with snow covering already saturated soils in the hills, contributed to floodwaters rising above the 100-year floodplain in several areas. In contrast, the 1996 flood affected a much wider area of the mid-Willamette Valley. In that event, pre-existing ice and snow, coupled with several days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding from local creeks to the main stem of the Willamette River. The 2012 event was a more localized, very sudden creek-based flood caused by intense rainfall that occurred over a shorter period of time. Q. What areas of the city were impacted by the January 2012 floods? Among the locations with significant damage were: the area around Salem Hospital; the areas near 14th Street SE and 21st Street SE; the areas near 13th Street SE, Madras, Fairway Avenue SE and Richmond; the South Gateway area; Eastgate Basin Park area on Hawthorne and Silverton Road; the Mill Creek area off State Street; Hoyt Street area; and the Croisan Creek Road area. Q. Why was there so much debris in the streams and rivers that blocked flows? Whenever streams and rivers rise above the normal high water mark, flows pick up natural and human generated debris from the banks. The larger debris will catch on bridge pilings or culvert inlets and begin to collect smaller debris, reducing or blocking the flow capacity. Q. Why is our drainage system, including ditches, culverts, and pipes, not designed so that flooding like this will never occur? Current City standards require all new drainage systems that carry flows from areas greater than one square mile to be large enough to convey flows from a 100-year rainfall event. Smaller areas are sized to carry flows from either 25- or 10-year storms. Much of the Citys drainage system is older and was installed using different design standards. It would be prohibitively expensive to Salems ratepayers and taxpayers to rebuild the drainage system to current standards. It is not feasible to build a system that guarantees flooding will never happen. Q. What does the City do to keep grates and culverts clean? Public Works crews routinely clean all stream grates on a programmed schedule defined in our Stormwater Management Manual as well as when requested. The grate at Gilmore field, for example, was cleaned three times on the January 18, 2012, the day before the major rainfall hit, as were grates and inlets at many other locations. The city also has an annual program in which college interns and students clean many miles of streams. Last year, the team removed over 6 tons of trash that people had discarded into city streams. Q. What were the City crews doing while all this flooding was taking place in my neighborhood? The Public Works field crews began working 12 hour shifts and providing around-the-clock response coverage beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2012, two days before the major storm passed through the area. All available field staff were fully engaged city-wide during the flooding period, responding to over 500 high water calls and requests for assistance. There were 64 streets/street segments closed. Twelve sandbag stations were established and City crews provided affected neighborhoods with enough sand and material to fill 220,000 sandbags. Q. How much did development since 1996 contribute to the severity of the flooding in South Salem? Since at least 1984, requirements do not allow newly developed properties to increase the design storm peak discharge rate that existed prior to the development. Any development that increases the impervious surface area

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Q&A---Salem Flood of January 2012


in the drainage basin with rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and streets, will increase the volume of runoff during storm events. The influence that post-1996 development may have had on the 2012 flood is difficult to determine due to many factors, including the size of the drainage basins, the types of stormwater mitigation measures installed, the location of that post-1996 development within a drainage basin, and the volume of rainfall at specific locations within the drainage basin. Post-1996 development represents a small percentage of the total drainage area has been developed over the past fifteen years Q. How much did the tree-cutting affect the flooding in the Battlecreek area? The drainage basins contributing to flows in the Battlecreek area are quite large and the overall influence of trees on the severity of the 2012 flooding is relatively small. Construction of the Waln Creek improvements, the new collector street, and a new berm around the east and south part of the site required removal of approximately 70 trees on the Battlecreek site. In the area adjacent to Waln Creek, many more native trees appropriate to a streamside environment will be planted than were removed. Street trees will also be planted along the new street and Commercial Street. Q. Why wasnt the water in the Battlecreek area pumped out? Isnt there a pump station? The pump station located on south Commercial Street is exclusively for sanitary sewer flows. Q. Why did the City not fix the 1996 Battlecreek flooding problem and allow construction of the new school? How much did the new school contribute to the flooding? Salem purchased the property to provide additional park/open space and to improve this section of the Battlecreek stormwater system because of the 1996 flood. The S-K School Districts interest in a portion of the property made Salems purchase of the north 30 acres financially feasible. To improve the sites capacity to hold stormwater, Waln Creek will be reconfigured and an adjacent flood storage area will be constructed. This work, along with removing two existing culverts within the site along Battle Creek, will provide some additional water storage on the site. The City is investigating what, if any, impact the school construction had on the flooding that occurred. Q. Public Works was contacted the evening of January 18. Why did they not respond immediately? All calls to Salem Public Works Dispatch (503-588-6333) that evening were responded to that night. The February 7 forum speaker who asked this question had actually called Marion County Public Works in error. Q. Why is the closest sandbag location (Walmart) so far away from the Battlecreek area? Can we improve this? Walmart has a parking lot large enough to accommodate sand and sandbags. Deliveries to addresses other than specified sandbag locations were made upon request. Subsequently, the Courthouse has agreed to be a sandbag site for future events. Q. What short and long-term actions is the City planning to take so this does not happen again? We are improving our early warning system, adding more monitoring stations, and improving our website information. The City is reviewing data to better understand how the stormwater basins operated in the last storm and we will analyze mitigation options. The City will also conduct public meetings in March to gather additional data to better understand the extent and impacts of the January 2012 flood. Q. As a homeowner living near or in the floodplain, what should I do to prepare for the next flood? All property owners, renters, and businesses that are located in a floodplain should have flood insurance, and those near a flood plain should consider obtaining flood insurance. Because of actions taken over the last five years to mitigate flood potential, as of October 1, 2012, Salem residents are eligible for a 20% discount on flood insurance rather than the current 15%. All residents should develop an emergency plan and have emergency food and water supplies on hand in the event of a storm or natural disaster. FEMA has information and flood preparedness tips available at http://www.ready.gov/floods. Monitor the citys website for stream level information and report any unnatural debris in the drainage system or creeks to Public Works Dispatch at 503-588-6333.

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