Mingo

County

Multi-Jurisdictional

Hazard Mitigation Plan

Local officials have identified

floods as the highest priority

natural hazard in the county.

Since 1998, there have been re19 flooding and

flash flooding events in Mingo County.

Updated 2009

3.0 LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATION GOALS

ß201.6(c)(3)(i)

[The hazard mitigation Project shall include a] description of mitigation goals to reduce or avoid long-term vulnerabilities to the identified hazards.

Several hazard mitigation projects have been developed by Mingo County’s core planning team. These projects are hereby listed with the jurisdictions they will benefit, as well as a timeframe for completion, funding source and cost estimate, and coordinating agency to oversee their implementation. These projects address many of the hazards identified in the preceding risk assessment. Many of these strategies (such as the development of information displays) also address multiple hazards. For the purposes of this document, each project is listed with the hazard it primarily addresses.

Goal 1: Lessen flood-related losses.

Objective 1.1: Minimize future flood damage in municipal areas through effective storm water management.

Project 1.1.1: Develop a plan to monitor and clean storm water drainage systems within municipalities.

Affected Jurisdictions: Municipalities

Timeframe: 3-5 years

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): Plan development should not require

additional funds. (N/A)

Coordinating Agency: OES, County Commission

Objective 1.2: Decrease future flood damage in municipal areas through periodic culvert inspections.

Project 1.2.1: Continue coordinating with the WVDOH to conduct culvert inspections/cleaning throughout the county. Protect bridges and roadways from flooding hazards.

Affected Jurisdictions: Town of Kermit

Timeframe: On-going

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): Routine maintenance is part of plannedbudget. (N/A)

Coordinating Agency: County Commission, WVDOH, OES

Objective 1.3: Minimize future flood damage throughout Mingo County by increasing control over development in the floodplain.

Project 1.3.1: Continue to provide training, technical assistance, education, and outreach opportunities for Mingo County, its municipalities and its citizenry in support of the National Flood Insurance Program and their local floodplain ordinances and floodplain management responsibilities.

Affected Jurisdictions: Mingo County, Delbarton

Timeframe: 1-2 years/On-going

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): Training $1,500-6,000. (Grants or local funding)

Coordinating Agency: Floodplain Office, OES, County

Commission

Project 1.3.2: Maintain enforcement of building codes (municipalities) and educate citizens about hazards.

Affected Jurisdictions: Municipalities

Timeframe: On-going

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): Enforcement $2,000-10,000. (Grants or local funding)

Coordinating Agency: Floodplain Office, OES, County Commission

Project 1.3.3: Promote the purchasing of flood insurance through public education of where flood prone areas are located.

Affected Jurisdictions: Municipalities

Timeframe: On-going

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): Promotion $1,500-6,000. (Grants or local funding)

Coordinating Agency: Floodplain Office, OES, CountyCommission

Project 1.3.4: Continue to utilize and enforce local Floodplain Management Ordinance.

Affected Jurisdictions: Mingo County

Timeframe: On-going

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): Enforcement $2,000-10,000. (Grants or local funding)

Coordinating Agency: Floodplain Office, OES, County Commission

Project 1.3.5: Enforce the countywide permitting process that will require residents and/or developers to file a permit with the county before beginning any new construction as a means of regulating floodplain development.

Affected Jurisdictions: Mingo County

Timeframe: On-going

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): Enforcement $2,000-10,000. (Grants or local funding)

Coordinating Agency: Floodplain Office, OES, County Commission

Objective: 1.4: Provide continued education to Mingo County for Disasters through existing programs.

Project 1.4.1: Provide information to the leaders in Mingo County about federal and state agency’s pro-active programs in order to promote a safer Mingo County.

Affected Jurisdictions: Mingo County

Timeframe: On-going

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): Training $1,500-6,000. (Grants or local funding)

Coordinating Agency: Floodplain Office, OES

Objective 1.5: Remove at risk structures from Mingo County floodways and floodplains.

Project 1.5.1: Apply awarded funding and remove structures through Federal buyout programs.

Affected Jurisdictions: Town of Gilbert

Timeframe: 1-4 years

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): Cost varies dependant on number of structures. (Grants)

Coordinating Agency: Floodplain Office, OES, County Planning Office

Objective 1.6: Improve roadway construction to prevent damage from flooding and high water.

Project 1.6.1: Work with the WVDOH to design road construction to elevate at risk roadways.

Affected Jurisdictions: Mingo County

Timeframe: 5 years

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): $750,000-3.5 million. (Grants or budgeted state and federal funding as available)

Coordinating Agency: County Planning Office, WVDOH, County

Commission

Project 1.6.2: Implement road and walkway improvement plans for areas at higher risk of collapse.

Affected Jurisdictions: Williamson

Timeframe: 5 years

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): $350,000-1.5 million. (State and/or federal funds)

Coordinating Agency: County Planning Office, WVDOH, County Commission

Objective 1.7: Develop plans for updating and improving infrastructures within the

county.

Project 1.7.1: Prioritize replacement/reinforcement of at risk structures such as

retaining walls within the county.

Affected Jurisdictions: Williamson, Mingo County

Timeframe: 5 years

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): $25,000-100,000. (Federal, State, grant funds)

Coordinating Agency: County Planning Office, OES, County Commission, Local government agencies

Goal 3: Reduce the negative effects of severe thunderstorms in Mingo County.

Objective: 3.1: Continue public information distributions to raise awareness as to the safety procedures to follow in the event of a severe thunderstorm.

Project 3.1.1: Update and distribute an informational brochure describing theproper safety procedures to carry out during a severe thunderstorm.

Affected Jurisdictions: Town of Matewan

Timeframe: On-going

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): $1,500-4,000. (Local funds)

Coordinating Agency: OES

Project 3.1.2: Continue monitoring and maintenance of the “Early Warning System”.

Affected Jurisdictions: Mingo County

Timeframe: On-going

Cost Estimate (Funding Source): Monitoring and maintenance should not require additional funds above budgeted costs. (N/A)

Coordinating Agency: OES, County Commission

Previous Project Description Coordinating

Agency Status

Identify storm water back-up areas, determine costs to correct areas, find funding. ( All municipalities, business and residential districts, in Mingo County ) N/A Partial completion, on- going project re-listed in new plan 1.1.1

Elevate mechanicals or build a levee around the new wastewater plant in Mingo County near Naugatuck. N/A Completed

Matewan has a wastewater plant that needs floodproofing with a levee or have its mechanical equipment elevated. N/A Completed

Gilbert has a water plant in the SFHA that needs to be floodproofed with a levee or elevating its mechanical equipment. N/A Completed

Have WVDOH in Mingo County determine funding requirements and seek funding to clear out blocked culverts and determine which culverts need to be re-designed to meet increased flood hazard demands. Coordinate inspections of bridges and roadways in the SFHA that are at risk. Develop a plan to protect this vital infrastructure. N/A Completed, on-going monitoring listed in new plan 1.2.1

Develop a database of all at risk structures in floodway and floodplain and get homeowners and business information on the importance of purchasing flood insurance and floodproofing techniques to protect their homes and business. N/A Completed

Establish an ongoing program of mitigation training for public officials and private business, as well as the citizens of Mingo County. This training will include building inspectors, builders, developers, surveyors, and community CEO's. Train using the " No Adverse Impact " Toolkit for Common Sense Floodplain Management. See Appendix B N/A Continuous project re-listed in new plan 1.3.1

Review, update, comply and enforce Mingo County and its municipalities Floodplain Management Ordinances. N/A Completed, re-listed to update as necessary 1.3.4

Support the training and use of HAZUS for pre-determining loss estimations of hazard occurrences. N/A Removed from list-as this plan duplicates effort

Enter into a Cooperating Technical Partnership " CTP " with FEMA to help develop the Mingo County Digital Flood Insurance Rate (DFIRM), which will help in future floodplain development issues. This product will eventually become an all hazards map for Mingo County. N/A

Support the findings of the West Virginia Flood Protection Task Force and help to promote these findings to the leadership and citizenry of Mingo County. N/A Completed

Provide local representation and support for a West Virginia State Floodplain Managers Association, as it will be developed within the next year. N/A Completed

Develop a database of at risk structures that have had repetitive loss or substantial damage. Seek funding to acquire these properties to get them out of harms way. N/A Completed, on-going 1.5.1 47

4.2 IMPLEMENTATION OF MITIGATION ACTIONS

ß201.6(c)(3)(iii)

[The mitigation strategy section shall include] an action plan describing how the actions identified in section (c)(3)(ii) will be prioritized, implemented, and administered by the local jurisdiction. Prioritization shall include a special emphasis on the extent to which benefits are maximized according to a cost benefit review of the proposed projects and their associated costs.

This section identifies the priority for implementing the projects identified in Section 3.0. Each project is listed with a coordinating agency in Section 3.0 that will be responsible for the overall implementation of the project. The cost benefit review referenced in the Final Rule cannot be completed as it has not been released by the US Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA).

The projects generated by the core planning team were grouped into categories

based on shared characteristics. These categories were ranked by the planning team based on such criteria as ease of implementation; cost effectiveness; social, political, and economic impacts; and overall positive impact. Each category of projects received a score of 1 to 5 for each of these criteria; the projects under category receiving the highest score each received the highest priority ranking of one (1).

Project

Number Mitigation Project Priority

1.1.1 Develop a plan to monitor and clean storm water drainage systems within municipalities. 1

1.2.1 Continue coordinating with the WVDOH to conduct culvert inspections/cleaning throughout the county. Protect bridges and roadways from flooding hazards. 2 1.3.1

Continue to provide training, technical assistance, education, and outreach opportunities for Mingo County, its municipalities and its citizenry in support of the National Flood Insurance Program and their local floodplain ordinances and floodplain management responsibilities. 1

1.3.2 Maintain enforcement of building codes (municipalities) and educate citizens about hazards. 2

1.3.3 Promote the purchasing of flood insurance through public education of where flood prone areas are located. 1

1.3.4 Continue to utilize and enforce local Floodplain Management Ordinance. 1

Project Number Mitigation Project Priority 1.3.5

Enforce the countywide permitting process that will require residents and/or developers to file a permit with the county before beginning any new construction as a means of regulating floodplain development. 1

1.4.1 Provide information to the leaders in Mingo County about federal and state agency’s pro-active programs in order to promote a safer Mingo County. 2

1.5.1 Apply awarded funding and remove structures through Federal buyout programs. 2

1.6.1 Work with the WVDOH to design road construction to elevate at risk roadways. 4

1.6.2 Implement road and walkway improvement plans for areas at higher risk of collapse. 3

1.7.1 Prioritize replacement/reinforcement of at risk structures such as retaining walls within the county. 2

2.1.1 Maintain agreements with surrounding counties for help with snow removal. 4

2.2.2 Identify possible funding source for purchase of county snow clearing/removal equipment. 5

3.1.1 Update and distribute an informational brochure describing the proper safety procedures to carry out during a severe thunderstorm. 5

3.1.2 Continue monitoring and maintenance of the “Early Warning System”. 2

4.1.1 Use the WARN system in place to alert residents of possible high wind/tornado conditions. 2

4.2.1 Enforce county-wide building codes that model the statewide 90-mph wind load rating. 3

5.1.1 Countywide building permits, which will regulate land disturbances over one acre to include storm water management. Mitigate projects to address landslides throughout the county. 3

5.1.2 Identify worst areas within municipalities and develop plans for structural enhancements or property buyouts. 3

6.1.1 Maximize use of WARN system. 2

7.1.1 Continue expansion of Public Service Districts water supplied areas. 4

8.1.1 Continue distributing information concerning the leading causes of wildfires and steps the general public can take to avoid starting wildfires. 4

9.1.1 Implement plans to address identified areas in Mingo County that need improvement and/or protection if possible. 4

9.1.2 Work with Pocahontas Land Management to clean up affected areas. 3

Project Number Mitigation Project Priority

9.1.3 Begin development of ordinances for industries within the county starting any new development of land areas. 3

10.1.1 Provide information to the citizens of Mingo County identifying where shelter is provided during extended utility outages. 1

11.1.1 Continue to train HAM operators for emergency operations. Continue development of communication infrastructure. (i.e Cellular towers and digital radio network) 2

12.1.1 Make the public aware of how to prepare for a bomb threat and who to contact if there is a threat. 3

13.1.1 Make the public aware of hazardous materials and what they can do if they spill, and evacuation plans for citizens of Mingo County. Continue to support training for First Responders. 3

13.1.2 Continue to maintain mutual aid agreements with Logan and Boone Counties. 2

14.1.1 Continue to coordinate the monitoring and testing of dams in Mingo County with the Core Planning Team, so the local governments and the county commission can be informed as to the safety status of these dams. 4

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