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TOWN OF HUNTERSVILLE MITIGATION ACTION PLAN

 

Risk

vs.

Capability

HAZARD RISK

 
 

Limited

Moderate

High

 

OVERALL CAPABILITY

High

 

ü

 

 

Moderate

 

 

 

 

Limited

 

 

 

 

 

2015 MITIGATION ACTIONS

 No new mitigation actions were identified for the 2015 plan update.

STATUS UPDATE FOR 2010 MITIGATION ACTIONS

 

Town of Huntersville

MITIGATION ACTION 1

Maintain continued compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through implementation and periodic evaluation of the following higher regulatory standards (in addition to basic required compliance actions):

a)    New residential buildings must be built with the lowest floor elevated at least one foot above the Community (Future) Base Flood Elevation.

b)    Require critical facilities protection to 500-year flood levels

c)    Require parking lots for new, non single-family habitable buildings  to be elevated (no more than six inches deep in any parking space during Community Flood event)

d)    Require dry land access for new or substantially improved habitable structures

e)    Levee restrictions

f)     Cumulative substantial damage improvement provision

g)    Prohibit basements below flood level on filled lots

Mitigation Goal:

#5

Mitigation Category:

Prevention

Hazard(s) Addressed:

Flood

Priority (High, Moderate, Low):

High

Estimated Cost:

Local staff time

Potential Funding Sources:

N/A

Lead Agency/Department Responsible:

In coordination with MCSWS

Implementation Schedule:

Ongoing

2015 Status Update:

In Progress.  Continue education efforts and coordination with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services.

     

 

Town of Huntersville

MITIGATION ACTION 2

Coordinate with Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services to apply for and join FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS).

Mitigation Goal:

#5

Mitigation Category:

Prevention

Hazard(s) Addressed:

Flood

Priority (High, Moderate, Low):

High

Estimated Cost:

Local staff time

Potential Funding Sources:

N/A

Lead Agency/Department Responsible:

Planning/Management to coordinate with MCSWS

Implementation Schedule:

12 months

2015 Status Update:

In Progress.  Plan to apply for CRS as part of plan renewal and have commitment from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services to assist in this effort. 

     

 

Town of Huntersville

MITIGATION ACTION 3

Participate in NFIP educational campaign through increased coordination with Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services, including the posting of hyperlink to their floodplain management website on Huntersville’s town website.

Mitigation Goal:

#2

Mitigation Category:

Public Education and Awareness

Hazard(s) Addressed:

Flood

Priority (High, Moderate, Low):

Moderate

Estimated Cost:

Staff time and resources

Potential Funding Sources:

N/A

Lead Agency/Department Responsible:

Planning, in coordination with MCSWS

Implementation Schedule:

12 months

2015 Status Update:

In Progress.  Currently coordinating social media strategy to consistently share messages with residents in cities/towns and in the county.  Have previously been putting information required by the NFIP and supplied by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services into email newsletters and some of our social media posts.  Strategic coordination and utilization of social media should allow for broader reach.

     

 

Town of Huntersville

MITIGATION ACTION 4

Enhance use of Connect-CTY® to warn people of impending hazards, potential emergencies and disasters.

Mitigation Goal:

#4

Mitigation Category:

Emergency Services; Public Education & Awareness

Hazard(s) Addressed:

Flood, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Winter Storms, Earthquakes, Landslides, Sinkholes, Drought, Wildfire, Dam/Levee Failure

Priority (High, Moderate, Low):

High

Estimated Cost:

$10,000

Potential Funding Sources:

General (local budget) Funding

Lead Agency/Department Responsible:

Huntersville Police Department / Public Works Dept

Implementation Schedule:

Ongoing

2015 Status Update:

Completed/To Be Continued.  Towns are now part of CharMeck Alerts, no longer with Connect-CTY or Blackboard.  Additional efforts have been made to address winter storms, such as in FY14-15 when the Town of Huntersville jointly purchased with Cornelius and Davidson a brine making station to allow us more capacity to prepare for winter snow and ice storms.  We also plan to make sure future truck purchases allow for mounting of blades to plow snow. 

     

 

Town of Huntersville

MITIGATION ACTION 5

Implement storm water mitigation projects, including the grading of ditches & replacing failing/potentially failing storm water structures.

Mitigation Goal:

#1

Mitigation Category:

Structural Projects

Hazard(s) Addressed:

Flood

Priority (High, Moderate, Low):

High

Estimated Cost:

$400,000

Potential Funding Sources:

MCSWS Funds

Lead Agency/Department Responsible:

Public Works

Implementation Schedule:

Ongoing

2015 Status Update:

In Progress/To Be Continued.  We continue to fix/repair as structures fail.

     

 

Town of Huntersville

MITIGATION ACTION 6

Utilize barricades, barriers, cones and signs to adequately and efficiently control traffic flow during emergencies and disasters. 

Mitigation Goal:

#6

Mitigation Category:

Emergency Services

Hazard(s) Addressed:

Flood, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Winter Storms, Earthquakes, Landslides, Sinkholes, Drought, Wildfire, Dam/Levee Failure

Priority (High, Moderate, Low):

Moderate

Estimated Cost:

Local staff time and resources

Potential Funding Sources:

Town of Huntersville

Lead Agency/Department Responsible:

NCDOT, Huntersville Public Works & Police Department

Implementation Schedule:

Ongoing

2015 Status Update:

Completed/To Be Continued.  HPD has a trailer full of cones and typically use their own equipment (cones are great for short durations), but do coordinate as needed with Public Works for barricades and barriers (better for long durations) and maintain good working relationships internally and with NCDOT.

     

 

Town of Huntersville

MITIGATION ACTION 7

On an annual basis, coordinate with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management on a widespread public outreach activity to provide information on all natural hazards facing the area to local residents, including methods for preventing damages from hazardous conditions and how to respond when an imminent hazard threatens.

Mitigation Goal:

#2

Mitigation Category:

Public Education & Awareness

Hazard(s) Addressed:

Flood, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Winter Storms, Earthquakes, Landslides, Sinkholes, Drought, Wildfire, Dam/Levee Failure

Priority (High, Moderate, Low):

Moderate

Estimated Cost:

Local staff time and resources

Potential Funding Sources:

N/A

Lead Agency/Department Responsible:

Planning, in coordination with CMEMO (Lead)

Implementation Schedule:

Annual

2015 Status Update:

In Progress.  Currently coordinating social media strategy to consistently share messages with residents in cities/towns and county.

     

 

Town of Huntersville

MITIGATION ACTION 8

On an annual basis, coordinate with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management to provide information on all natural hazards facing the area to local planning staff and elected officials.  This should be combined with an annual progress report on the status of local mitigation actions as identified in the Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Mitigation Goal:

#5

Mitigation Category:

Public Education & Awareness

Hazard(s) Addressed:

Flood, Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Severe Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Winter Storms, Earthquakes, Landslides, Sinkholes, Drought, Wildfire, Dam/Levee Failure

Priority (High, Moderate, Low):

Moderate

Estimated Cost:

Local staff time and resources

Potential Funding Sources:

N/A

Lead Agency/Department Responsible:

Planning, in coordination with CMEMO (Lead)

Implementation Schedule:

Annual

2015 Status Update:

Deleted.  This action is being deferred to CMEMO.

       

STATUS UPDATE FOR ONGOING 2005 MITIGATION ACTIONS

 

Town of Huntersville

MITIGATION ACTION 1

Join the Community Rating System (CRS).

Category:

Planning and Policy

Hazard(s) Addressed:

Flood

Priority (High, Moderate, Low):

High

Estimated Cost:

Staff time and resources

Potential Funding Sources:

NA

Lead Agency/Department Responsible:

Town Manager

Implementation Schedule:

12 months

2010 Status Update:

Deferred.  Action item carried over to Action #2 in 2010 Mitigation Action Plan.  

2015 Status Update:

In Progress.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services has committed to helping us accomplish this action in 2015.

     

 

Town of Huntersville

MITIGATION ACTION 2

Conduct NFIP educational campaign.

Category:

Education and Outreach

Hazard(s) Addressed:

Flood

Priority (High, Moderate, Low):

High

Estimated Cost:

Staff time and resources, NFIP materials free of charge from FEMA

Potential Funding Sources:

NA

Lead Agency/Department Responsible:

Town Manager

Implementation Schedule:

12 months

2010 Status Update:

Deferred.  Action item carried over to Action #3 in 2010 Mitigation Action Plan.  

2015 Status Update:

In Progress.  We need more of these materials to put out and will plan to roll them out as part of our entrance into the CRS program.

     

 

Other mitigating factors impacting the Town’s responses:

  • Staff turnover in Town planning department.  Our Planner I typically handles all matters related to Stormwater, impervious, etc.  We have had two Planner I’s over the past five years with a gap in between and have been without a Planner I since the end of 2014.

Additional item from an advocacy standpoint:

  • We are hoping to be a part of legislation at the state level to allow the City of Charlotte and the six towns within Mecklenburg County to be eligible/allowed to purchase homes in flood-prone areas as Mecklenburg County is authorized to do today.

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