Damages caused by severe storms and other natural hazards in Henry County will be discussed when county and municipal representatives meet July 12 in Cambridge.


Damages caused by severe storms and other natural hazards in Henry County will be discussed when county and municipal representatives meet July 12 in Cambridge.

The group, known as the Henry County?Hazard Mitigation?Committee, will meet multiple times over the course of the next several months to prepare a plan to reduce damages caused by natural hazards.

All committee meetings are open to the public. The July 12 meeting will start at 1 p.m. at the Cambridge Fire Department.

“This plan will become our best resource for determining how to prepare for storms and other natural hazards,” said Colleen Gillaspie, chairperson of the Henry County Hazard Mitigation Committee.

“After this plan is completed, comprehensive information will be available in one document to help guide those who are making decisions about how to better protect Henry County residents,” she explained.

Officials from Alpha, Annawan, Bishop Hill,?Cambridge,?Colona, Galva,?Geneseo, Kewanee, Orion and Woodhull are participating in the process.

Examples of the type of projects and activities that will be discussed as ways to reduce storm damage include developing public information materials; building storm shelters; and designing roads, bridges and water supplies and other services to better withstand natural disasters.

“Identifying the frequency of these natural hazards and the severity of damages caused throughout our county is the goal at this committee meeting. Based on that information, we will begin to develop lists of activities and projects to reduce damages caused by those events,” said Gillaspie.

Those interested may provide input at Henry County Hazard Mitigation Committee meetings or submit comments or questions to their municipal or county representatives.
Public comments will be used to help draft a plan. After the plan draft is developed, a public forum will be held to allow the plan to be reviewed.

The plan will be revised based on comments from the public and state and federal government agency recommendations.

Following the revisions, the plan will be presented for adoption at public meetings held by the county and at each of the participating municipalities.