Board receives recommendations to improve flooding threat

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Near record rainfall caused major flooding problems for people in the Shenandoah Valley last year. Now, Rockingham County is working to find solutions to ease those flooding concerns.

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In 2018, parts of the Valley experienced 63.69 inches of rain, with the yearly average being 36.48. That's nearly 30 inches above average.

In August, the board appointed individuals to the "Stormwater Advisory Committee" to study flooding in the county and come up with recommendations to reduce its frequency and impact.

"The committee recommended to the board to do further study and engineering to see what specific things can be implemented in the areas to get the best protection for the properties," said Casey Armstrong, Assistant County Administrator for Rockingham.

A member of the board said he wants to find a solution soon, but the board will not take a "one size fits all' approach.

The board will now consider the recommendations from the committee and decide how to move forward.