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Little public input on hazard plan

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission received little public participation at two recent meetings to help update the 2011 Middle Peninsula All-Hazards Mitigation Plan.

Regional project planner Jackie Rickards said that no one from the public attended a meeting at the MPPDC boardroom in Saluda Jan. 5. Only one person showed up and asked a few questions about what the plan entailed during a Jan. 6 meeting in the King and Queen Branch Library Conference Room in St. Stephen’s Church.

The current plan addresses about two dozen types of hazards from hurricanes to coastal flooding to hazardous material spills. Copies are available for review at a number of libraries in the region.

The plan will be sent to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Rickards said, and once FEMA approves the plan then localities will need to adopt the plan locally.

MPPDC member communities include the counties of Gloucester, Mathews, Middles...

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