Flood Committee To Hold Open House On Proposed Regulations

The Town of Carolina Beach Flood Committee will hold a workshop on Canal Drive, Florida Avenue and North End flooding including possible solutions on December 3rd, 2019 at Town Hall from 6pm to 7:30pm. The Town of Carolina Beach Flood Committee will hold a workshop on Canal Drive, Florida Avenue and North End flooding including possible solutions on December 3rd, 2019 at Town Hall from 6pm to 7:30pm.

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 26 November 2019 23:28

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach Flood Committee will hold a workshop on Canal Drive, Florida Avenue and North End flooding including possible solutions on December 3rd, 2019 at Town Hall from 6pm to 7:30pm.

The Committee was established in February of 2018 to explore options to resolve tidal flooding in those areas that in recent years have increased in frequency causing flooding of those streets and area properties. The Committee is recommending new regulations that require maintenance of existing bulkheads along the waterway those properties border, as well as  construction of new bulkheads to help curtail tidal flooding. Those regulations would require approval of enabling legislation by the North Carolina General Assembly in order to facilitate public/private funding arrangements and enforcement of such regulations.

Earlier this year Mayor Joe Benson wrote to Senator Harper Peterson, "Flooding has been a major problem for communities across southeastern North Carolina. Here in Carolina Beach, “ground zero” for flooding, be it tidal or storm-related, has been Canal Drive and its tributary streets. This has been the case for decades. The perpetual flooding on Canal Drive presents a continued threat to critical infrastructure, public and private property, and quick access to the North End for the Town’s first responders. In addition, excessive flooding and the associated standing water, which often lingers for several days, presents a threat to public health. The Canal Drive Flood Committee, a volunteer committee made up of nine residents, has worked tirelessly to come up with recommended solutions, ones designed to mitigate this long-standing problem. The attached ordinance is one such recommendation, but one the Town cannot action without State agency approval. Consider the six-page ordinance as a starting point. The approving State agency (or agencies) may recommend the Town implement another material or non-material solution to resolve this serious issue. To that end, the Town of Carolina Beach looks forward to working with your office and the responsible State agencies to derive a solution designed to reduce the hazards associated with a problem that requires immediate resolution."

Benson wrote, "Serving as the committee liaison, myself and members of the committee know that the combination of both tidal and storm-related flooding is not unique to Carolina Beach; other towns in southeastern North Carolina struggle with this significant challenge as well. It could be that enabling legislation addressing this widespread challenge will move the Town of Carolina Beach, and other affected communities, toward a resolution which will safeguard the environment, protect public and private property and reduce the risk to public health and safety."

In recent years the Town has taken steps to control traffic during times of tidal flooding including stop-arm gates and barricades to prevent vehicles from driving through flood waters and causing a wake that washes up into residential properties.

A major focus of the proposal is to require property owners with existing bulkheads to maintain those structures. In cases where those bulkheads do not meet a set of standards, future legislation - if approved - would allow the Town to require property owners to bring those structures up to current standards adopted by Council.

For properties that currently do not have a bulkhead, including vacant lots on the waterway, the proposal sets forth a way for the Town and property owners to share the financial cost of installing such flood prevention structures within a "time-certain" as well as requirements to maintain those structures in the future.

According to a presentation that will be given at the workshop, "Experts were requested to brief the committee and a number of possible approaches were considered. Very early on it became clear, because the problem was tidal, only a system of barriers preventing tidal encroachment on private residences and public infrastructure would provide significant relief. Tidal containment structures must meet standards – be of sufficient height and competent engineering to protect residents from the effects of tidal flooding."

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