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St. Marys learns about city’s vulnerability to flooding

City staff, stakeholders hear presentation, discuss next steps in planning.

St. Marys, Georgia -- UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant met with St. Marys City staff, departmental heads and key stakeholders to present initial findings of the city’s vulnerability assessment and discuss next steps in flood resiliency planning. This project will be using cutting-edge techniques also being implemented in Hyde County, N.C.; Islamorada, Fla.; and Monroe County, Fla., to more accurately assess the economic risk of flood damage, based upon the true elevation of structures.

This methodology will allow the city to more accurately compare the costs of adaptation, such as the expense of raising buildings or infrastructure, against the potential costs of flood damage. The project also is focusing on stormwater and wastewater infrastructure and flood resiliency in the historic downtown district.