Andes Flood Hazard Mitigation Analysis Public Meeting

Yes, that’s a mouthful. And the local residents who gathered on the evening of June 17th in the school gym for a presentation and meeting led by the Barton & Loguidice (B&L) consultants hired by our local flood commission were given a full education in local flood mitigation terminology and procedures. But Wendell & Shaun of B&L, as well as Graydon Dutcher from Soil & Water, emphasized that the input of community members of their observations in this “bottom up” process is key to creating the “living document” of the Flood Mitigation Plan which will be used to leverage funding.

The hard-working members of our Andes flood commission, who have made field studies along with the county and consultant engineers, have already given much input. But B&L wants more from local residents. Those in attendance who had personally witnessed flooding or debris blockages were urged to write down the specifics on comment cards. If you weren’t present, but have memories or, better yet, photos from the flooding of 1996, 2006, or any smaller flooding event, write down the particulars in detail and email them to Shaun McAdams:, or take them to Town Clerk Kim Tosi. She may also still have copies of B&L’s handout which includes a map, an annotated outline of the project objectives, and a description of Phase 1- Developing the Hydraulic Model for Andes. This is a computer modeling, which simulates floodwater elevations and inundation zones. They have completed the model of existing conditions consistent with various year flood events, but value community input of actual observations at particular times. This will give them tools for prioritizing potential projects. The project encompasses approximately 4.2 miles of the Tremper Kill and tributaries (Liddle Brook, Herrick Hollow, and Gladstone Hollow).~