I read with apprehension the commentary by Christopher Belleman (“Beware big change to Flood Authority,” Aug. 10), in which he takes exception to the intention of the county manager to terminate an intergovernmental partnership between the county Department of Roads and Bridges and the Flood Protection Authority.
If there is any activity in which the county should be engaged, it’s flood control. To terminate the relationship as a cost-cutting measure, in my opinion, is penny wise and pound foolish.
Col. Trey Jordan, of the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, stated that the levee held during flood of August 2011, saving us from a $7.5 billion catastrophe.
However, flood water elevation in some areas will increase from 1 to 4 feet, owing to the greater volume of water with each event. As a consequence of climate change, “floods have grown in greater magnitude and greater frequency.”
I believe we can add increased development in the Susquehanna watershed as a contributor to the increase of water volume as a function of increased runoff.
Should the county cut loose the Flood Protection Authority as envisioned by the county administrator, the billion-dollar disaster will come sooner.
Even so, over the long run, if the issues related to flooding in the Susquehanna River Basin are not addressed by the federal, state and county governments, we will have another major flooding event that might make the valley essentially uninhabitable because of the high probability of repeated property destruction and the resultant spike in flood insurance rates.
For the present, however, I hope the county council does not approve the administrator’s proposal.
Frank J. Keller