A flood control assessment study is under way to address options for the city, and an informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Room 106 of Miles Community College to tell the public “what are we doing and what we are trying to accomplish,” said Flood Control Administrator Sam Malenovsky.
At the meeting will be KLJ (Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson) engineers, who are conducting the study, in addition to city officials and staff.
Everyone is encouraged to attend. A meeting seeking formal public input will be held later.
KLJ has worked with other communities facing the same flood control issues.
General information on the study will be presented and questions will be answered.
They will explain what options the city and KLJ are looking at to make sure the city is protected from a flood.
“We are looking at multiple different flood control structures,” Malenovsky said.
The current dike was built throughout the 1930s and ‘40s, piece by piece. Currently it does not meet any of the federal regulations, so it’s not a recognized levy, therefore the federal government does not recognize that the dike even exists, which raises flood insurance rates.
At the beginning of the meeting a general overview will be given, then those in attendance will break up into groups according to the city ward in which they live.
“Every ward faces different issues and have different concerns over how they are going to be affected,” Malenovsky said. “They have different struggles.”
She explained that Ward 1 has the flood way and the flood fringe areas and has different struggles than the other wards. Residents cannot build in the ward.
Ward 2 and 4 have mostly flood fringe areas and can build according to specifications.
Ward 3 is mostly out of the fringe.
“Council people will listen to their concerns so they can represent them correctly,” she said.
Then the attendees will come back together in one group to answer any additional questions.
Malenovsky has worked to reduce some of the rates, and through the study, the city hopes to determine the best solution that will protect the city from floods, and hopefully will reduce the size of the flood insurance rate map, which was revised in recent years and now includes most of Miles City.