October 17, 2012
More than 100 people attended the first stakeholder meeting at Ambler downtown. The event started with a presentation by Dr. Jeff Featherstone, followed by a brief question/answer session. Then the stakeholders of three municipalities (Ambler Borough, Upper Dublin Township, and Whitpain Township) visited three separate stations to share their experiences with recent flooding events. This session was facilitated by fifteen volunteers (from local municipalities and Temple University).
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From Ambler Gazette (Published: Friday, September 21, 2012)
By Thomas Celona and Eric Devlin
“Just more than a year ago, Tropical Storm Lee wreaked havoc on the area, unleashing a deluge of water and leaving flooded homes and devastated neighborhoods in its wake. While the storm is just a memory for most, many families across the county have yet to recover from the storm — some of whom live right in the Ambler area.”
“In the local area, the Orange Avenue neighborhood in Ambler Borough and the West Ambler section of Whitpain Township were hit hardest by the storm. A deluge of water swept down Orange Avenue, flooding many basements and submerging cars. During the storm, a fuel tank in one home overturned, causing fuel to seep out into the street and triggering a response from the county Hazardous Materials Response Team. More than a month after the storm, many residents had yet to return to their homes.”
“In nearby West Ambler — an area long prone to flooding — the damage was even worse. The storm caused the Anthony Biddle Contractors building, located at 240 Railroad Ave., to collapse onto the 200 block of Maple Avenue. Meanwhile, the police and fire company evacuated 11 families along Maple Avenue from their homes as storm water filled basements. Today, the collapsed warehouse has yet to be rebuilt.”
“In the year since Tropical Storm Lee, local municipalities have made significant efforts to try to prevent another storm from wreaking havoc on the same scale. “For stream analysis and flood control, we’ve entered into an agreement with Temple’s Center for Sustainable Communities,” Pronczak [Whitpain Township Manager] said, noting it’s an intermunicipal agreement with Ambler, Upper Dublin and Whitpain signing onto the study and also working with the Army Corps of Engineers.”
We formed an Advisory Committee on September 21 at Temple Ambler campus. Local committee members will organize a stakeholder meeting (public) on October 17 at 7pm. A venue will be chosen soon. Stay tuned!
Our first Advisory Committee meeting, facilitated by Dr. Featherstone, will be held on September 21st. The Committee, consists of representatives from local municipalities, environmental and civic groups, and community members, will discuss the scope and purpose of upcoming public Stakeholder Meeting, to be arranged in October. A complete list of Advisory Committee members and other details will be posted on this site after September 21st. Stay tuned!