Union prepares for future flooding

By Jillian Marshall

Union prepares for future flooding

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A climate expert says flooding, like in 2011, will happen again and the Town of Union wants to be prepared.

Thursday night was the first of three meetings for The ReUnion Project 2020. The project is a citizen driven recovery effort, which focuses on creating long-term community recovery plans. They also talk strategies to be more resilient with future floods.

The goals of the meetings are to help people understand how the rivers work and different techniques that can keep the town safe.

"I think how the town moves forward, and offering more protection, and in putting together a long term plan to be safer in the future has got to matter to absolutely everyone," said Principal of River St. Planning and Development Margaret Irwin.

Experts on climate change, flood studies, and levy maintenance presented explanations to people who live in the Town of Union.

Thursday's resiliency workshop focused on educating the community on recovery plans that deal with extreme weather.

These meetings follow workshops that were held this summer.

There will be two open house design reviews Friday and Saturday at the Johnson City Senior Center. The Open House Design Review on Friday will be from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.