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Council Releases Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan For Westport

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments has released a draft for Southwestern Connecticut municipalities and will hold public information sessions this month.
The Western Connecticut Council of Governments has released a draft for Southwestern Connecticut municipalities and will hold public information sessions this month. Photo Credit: http://www.swrpa.org/

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The Western Connecticut Council of Governments has released its draft 2016-21 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for the municipalities of Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

The plan, which is the product of extensive technical analysis, is designed to provide residents, businesses, and emergency responders with information on storms and other extreme weather events, vulnerable locations, and methods to mitigate damage and limit disruption. An approved plan is a pre-requisite for municipalities to be eligible for many types of Federal Emergency Management Agency aid. Public review and comment on the plan will extend be until March 6. The plan can be found online here .

WCCOG will host three public information sessions, where technical experts will be on hand to answer any project-related questions. During the sessions, members of the community also can review the plan and provide comments, if desired. The sessions are:

  • Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. at Darien Town Hall, Room 206. The snow date will be Feb. 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Westport Town Hall, Auditorium.
  • Feb. 19  from 5-6:30 p.m. at the WCCOG (Stamford Government Center, third floor). The snow date will be Feb. 24 from 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 19 from 7:30-9 p.m. at Greenwich Town Hall, Town Hall Meeting Room. The snow date will be Feb. 23 from 5-6:30 p.m.

To arrange for special accommodations or translation services, contact WCCOG at least five days prior to the meeting at 203-316-5190 (voice only). Any sessions cancelled due to inclement weather will be posted in advance on the WCCOG/SWRPA website at www.swrpa.org .

“We encourage the public to attend the sessions and talk to the experts” said Robert Sachnin, senior regional planner at WCCOG and plan project manager. “Information is our greatest asset; the more informed our communities are, the better they can prepare for natural hazards.”

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