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1 own of Union Community Rating System News own of Union Department Of Planning FEMA BUYOU AND CDBG DR ACQUISIION FOR REVELOPMEN PROGRAMS NOW COMPLEED I n November of 2013 the own of Union began acquiring properties damaged in the 2011 flood for the purpose of demolition. Demolitions, related air sampling and monitoring, and site restoration have now been completed in the Westover, West Corners, Fairmont Park, and South Endwell neighborhoods. o date, the town has taken title to and demolished 149 structures (including mobile homes). here were a number of properties that had been approved for acquisition, some of which had significant legal issues involving lending institutions. Unfortunately, these issues could not be resolved which prevented the town from taking title and demolishing the buildings. While the acquisition and demolition phase was moving forward, the town completed a Long erm Community Recovery Strategy. he plan was the result of a substantial public outreach effort that included a series of educational and design concept workshops that were conducted to provide planners with options for potential future uses of many of the parcels that are being acquired. Properties acquired under the FEMA buyout program may be used for flood mitigation or public recreational uses such as walking trails that do not require the construction of new buildings. Residents are reminded that these parcels may not be used for private purposes including parking of vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. Violators may be subject to towing at the vehicle owner s expense. Properties in the Fairmont Park and Westover neighborhoods acquired through the CDBG DR program will be redeveloped in a flood safe manner utilizing FEMA approved floodplain construction techniques such as elevation. I f you received this brochure in the mail, you live in an area where potential flooding is a concern. he own of Union encourages you to purchase a flood insurance policy. his policy will help pay for repairs after a flood and, in some cases, it will help pay the costs of elevating a substantially damaged home. Don t wait until the next flood to buy insurance protection. here is a 30 day waiting period before National Flood Insurance Program coverage takes effect. Some property owners have purchased flood insurance because it was required by the bank when they got a mortgage or home improvement loan. hese policies typically cover the structure but not the contents. Be sure that your policy has contents coverage. Inside this issue: HUD Disaster Recovery Grant Update 2 Floodplain Areas Narrative 3 Flood Prone Area Map 4 5 Flood Hazard Area Safety Information 6 Flood Insurance/Resource Information 7 Flood Websites NY ALER System 8

2 Page 2 IMPLEMENAION OF ACION PLAN FOR DISASER RECOVERY CONINUES D uring the 4th quarter of 2012, the town began implementation of the $10.1 million grant that was received through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A number of the projects included in the HUD approved plan are completed or currently underway. Bank stabilization repairs near Valleyview Dr. have been completed. Work recently began on a bank stabilization project near Western Heights Blvd. and should be completed by September. Drainage improvements as part of the N. Loder Ave. (Endicott) street reconstruction project are also underway. Drainage improvements along Pine St. near McKinley Ave. are currently in the design phase. Funds were provided for repairs to several flood damaged neighborhood facilities including the Boys and Girls Club (completed), the Westover YMCA (underway), and the Johnson City Senior Center (completed). he Village of Johnson City (up to $3,000,000), the own of Union (up to $3,600,000), and the Village of Endicott (up to $3,000,000) have been approved to receive funds for implementation of flood related repairs and other eligible recovery activities under the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Zone program. A regional recovery plan covering the owns of Union, Vestal, Conklin, the Villages of Johnson City and Endicott, and the City of Binghamton was prepared and approved. Funds for this program have not yet been released. he plan can be reviewed at the following address: documents/broomecounty_nyrcr_plan.pdf own of Union priority projects for the NY Rising program funding include creek bank repairs and sediment control measures along Brixius creek and bank stabilization efforts along portions of Patterson creek and West creek. NY Rising funds will also be used to relocate the current Refuse Department garage out of the floodplain and into a new facility. he remaining funds would be used for drainage improvements in the Valleyview Dr. area. OWN COMPLEES LONG ERM COMMUNIY RECOVERY SRAEGY he own of Union Long erm Recovery Strategy, funded by the NYS Department of State and CDBG DR, was completed in February. View the full report on the town web page at the following address: FinalUnionLCR9FEB15_highresREDUCEDFILESIZE.pdf Valleyview Drive bank stabilization before and after pictures. Disaster Recovery Grant Income Eligibility Guidelines Family Size Income Limit 1 $36,600 2 $41,800 3 $47,050 4 $52,250 5 $56,450 6 $57,250 7 $60,650 8 Plus $64,800 As of March 6, 2015

3 Page 3 FLOOD HAZARD NARRAIVE BY GEOGRAPHIC AREA he southeast Endwell area of the town is adjacent to the 100 year floodplain along the Susquehanna River. Most of the flooding in the Southeast Endwell area is due to the backwater effect from the Susquehanna River. When the Susquehanna River level begins to rise, water begins to back up into existing culverts and other drainage structures and floods the area. he southwest portion of Endwell is adjacent to the 100 year floodplain along the Susquehanna River. Most of the flooding in this area is due to the backwater effect from the Susquehanna River. When the Susquehanna River level begins to rise, water begins to back up into existing culverts and other drainage structures and floods the area. he North Endwell area of the town is adjacent to Patterson Creek. ypically, only properties in neighborhoods west of Hooper Road are subject to flooding. Other portions of the neighborhood, including own Hall and neighboring commercial properties, flooded in 2011 causing extensive damage. he Fairmont Park area of the town is adjacent to the 100 year floodplain along the Susquehanna River with the Fairmont Park subdivision accounting for nearly all of the residential structures. Most of the flooding in the Fairmont Park area is caused by the backwater effect from the Susquehanna River. When the Susquehanna River level begins to rise, water begins to back up into existing culverts and other drainage structures and floods the area. his neighborhood suffered extensive damage during the 2011 flood event. he Westover area of the town is adjacent to the Susquehanna River in the easternmost portion of the own of Union along the boundary with the Village of Johnson City. his area is protected by a series of levees. ypically, only those properties on the east side of the Little Choconut Creek are subject to flooding. In 2011 the river overtopped many sections of the levee, inundating the adjoining business district and residences on the west side of the levee. he River Road area of the town is adjacent to the 100 year floodplain along the Susquehanna River in Endwell. Most of the flooding in the River Road area is due to the backwater effect from the Susquehanna River. When the Susquehanna River level begins to rise water begins to back up into existing culverts and other drainage structures and floods the area. he West Corners area of the town is adjacent to the 100 year floodplain along the Nanticoke Creek. he easternmost portion of the area is protected by a levee along Nanticoke Creek extending to the north and west to the terminus of West Creek. Some of the flooding from Nanticoke Creek is due to the backwater effect from the Susquehanna River. When the Susquehanna River level begins to rise, water begins to back up the creek bed and floods adjacent areas. his neighborhood suffered extensive damage during the 2011 flood event. he National Weather Service issues flood warnings for streams and creeks.

4 Page 4 NOE: his map represents the current flood maps, not the proposed revisions based up

5 Page 5 on 2011 flood data. FEMA is still reviewing its levee accreditation policy.

6 Page 6 FLOOD HAZARD AREAS Demolition of flood damaged home in Fairmont Park. the process of being redrawn. he 100 year floodplain is defined as an area that will be flooded on the average of once every 100 years. It has 1% chance of being flooded in any given year. Put another way, it has about a 26% chance of being flooded over the life of a 30 year mortgage. Smaller floods have a greater chance of occurring in any one year and can still create a significant flood hazard area to people and property close to the channel. As we now know all too well from experience over the past several years, larger floods can and do occur. As a result of the historic flooding in 2006 and 2011, the 100 year flood boundaries are in Some portions of the own of Union are also subject to flooding during the winter ice jams. BE PREPARED O EVACUAE QUICKLY DURING HESE IMES! FLOOD WARNINGS he own of Union, National Weather Service, and Endwell Fire Department, have a flood warning system for the Endwell area. Warnings will be disseminated by V, weather stations, radio, and on the own of Union web page at he flood warnings system is intended to alert residents of possible flooding in their neighborhood. In some areas, local fire department personnel will also be in the area to tell residents to evacuate immediately. FLOOD SAFEY If you received this brochure in the mail, you live in an area where potential flooding is a concern. You can take measures to protect yourself during flood events by: 1. Planning escape routes to high ground in advance; 2. Monitoring the level of water during time of heavy rainfall, don t drive through standing water; 3. Staying tuned to radio or V for possible flood warnings. WENE (1430 AM) and WMRV (105.7 FM) will broadcast flood watches and warnings. Purchase a battery powered radio with an emergency band that broadcasts the National Weather Service reports. Evacuate the flood hazard area in time of impending flood or when advised to do so by the proper authorities; 4. Abandoning your car immediately if it stalls in high water; 5. Keeping children away from flood waters; 6. Being especially cautious at night.

7 Page 7 FLOOD INSURANCE Flood damage is not covered by a standard homeowner or renter policy. You may purchase flood insurance from a licensed insurance agent since the own of Union participates in the National Flood Insurance Program. For many people, their home and its contents represent their greatest investment. he own of Union strongly urges you to buy flood insurance to protect yourself from devastating losses due to flooding. You do not have to live in the floodplain to qualify for flood insurance. Property owners can insure their buildings and contents and renters can insure their possessions. he own of Union has made an extensive collection of flood reference material available in electronic format on the own of Union web page at Printed copies of the material are available for review at the own of Union Department of Planning and the Endicott and Johnson City libraries including: 1. Answers o Questions About he National Flood Insurance Program (F 084) 2. Answers o Questions About Substantially Damaged Buildings (FEMA 213) 3. How o Use A Flood Map o Determine Flood Risk For A Property (FEMA 258) 4. Design Manual For Retrofitting Flood prone Residential Structures (FEMA 114) 8. Flood Insurance Study (September 30, 1988) 9. Repairing Your Flooded Home (FEMA 234) 10. Homeowner s Guide o Retrofitting (FEMA 312) 11. Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage (FEMA 348) 15. A Unified National Program For Floodplain Management (FEMA 100) 16. Floodproofing Non Residential Structures (FEMA 102) 17. Help After A Disaster (FEMA 545) 18. Design Guidelines For Flood Damage Reduction 5. Flood Insurance Rate Maps 12. Elevated Residential Structures (FEMA 54) 6. Guide o Flood Insurance Rate Maps 13. Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage (FEMA 348) 19. Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance Guidelines 20.When Disaster Strikes, A Handbook for the Media (FEMA 79) 7. Floodway Maps 14. Protecting Floodplain Resources (FEMA 268) Still Have A Question Or Comment? own of Union Department of Planning 3111 East Main Street, Endwell, New York Phone: Fax: E mail:

8 OWN OF UNION DEPARMEN OF PLANNING 3111 East Main Street Endwell, New York PRSR SD U.S. Postage PAID Binghamton, NY Permit No. 588 We re On he Web! USEFUL FLOOD RELAED WEBSIES Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Unites States Army Corps of Engineers: Vestal River Gauge: New York State Emergency Management Office: New York State DEC: Broome County Emergency Preparedness Office: he NY ALER system provides emergency related information that includes severe weather conditions, highway closures, and hazardous spills. You can receive these warnings via the web, cell phone, office phone, or home phone. Signing up for NY ALER is free. You can select areas of the state that you wish to be contacted in times of weather bulletins or traffic conditions. If family members reside in other areas of New York State and you wish to be informed of conditions in their area, you can sign up to receive those notices also. For additional information, or to sign up, please visit the NY ALER website. Additional information is also available on the New York State Emergency Management Office website at: users.nyalert.gov/

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