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Published December 17, 2009, 11:28 AM

Ramsey County Looking For Public Input On Mitigation Plan

Emergency mitigation plans need to be updated every five years. Ramsey County is now working on its plan and is looking for input from the public.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Emergency mitigation plans need to be updated every five years. Ramsey County is now working on its plan and is looking for input from the public.

The plan includes drought, flood and dike or embankment failure. Each hazard is ranked according to the potential impact it would have and the

Some new hazards, such as communicable disease and transportation accident, were added to this plan. Right now the county is still using the old plan, which was implemented in 2005. The rough draft of the plan is available for people to read online. When the plan is completed, it will allow jurisdictions to apply for grant funding.

Pam Shrauger/Big Sky Hazard Management LLC: "I think it's safe to say that folks are concerned with flood, but there's also a lot of rural communities out there that aren't as concerned with flood in the county and they may have more concerns with tornadoes and hail."

Public comments will be taken until December 31. Then the plan will be submitted for approval, which could take at least a month.

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