Council weighs county hazard plan

A county-wide plan to prepare Oberlin for floods, tornadoes, emergency incidents, and other dangerous weather is expected to be adopted this month.

City council reviewed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s approved Lorain County Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan last Monday.

It’s expected to help the county reduce damages caused by flooding, educate residents and businesses about insurance to cover the cost of losses due to storms, restore developed floodplains, support improving county roadways that decrease flooding, and improve communications between first responders.

“Some of these we have started working on so far such as sanitary sewers,” said city manager Eric Norenberg.

Council members agreed that they wanted to review the county’s 100-page plan before approving it.

Officials plan to reduce negative effects of flooding on residents, increase recovery from disasters, have shelters available during severe storms, improve emergency communications, plan for emergency operations to protect residents during natural disasters.

Legislators want to install vegetative buffer zones and natural habitat restoration in flooding areas — especially along Plum Creek — evaluate ways to provide alternative power supplies to residents during storms, and enhance the city’s current notification system.

The plan will be up for further discussion at the next council meeting at 7 p.m. July 20.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik