Readjustment of Appraisal of Benefits
The current HRCD system includes twenty-eight dams constructed by the SCS (Now USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)) between 1954 and 1960. Each of these structures are operated and maintained by the HRCD. These structures provide benefit to property owners in the watershed and to residents of Fairfield County. The primary benefit is the reduction in peak flow from the upper areas of the Hunter's Run and Upper Hocking River Watershed which in turn, reduces the risk of flooding to downstream property and infrastructure.
The HRCD is seeking to readjust their appraisal of benefits per the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 6101.54 for the maintenance assessments under ORC 6101.53. Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (Stantec) has provided engineering consulting services to Jack Faucett Associates, Inc. (JFA) who was hired by HRCD to support its reappraisal of benefits assessment. Part of Stantec’s scope included a flood risk assessment, utilizing existing hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) models, to develop comparative water surface elevations (pre- and post-construction of the flood control structures) for multiple flood recurrence intervals.
More information will follow in the coming weeks
Photos from the Lancaster Eagle Gazette showing some of the destruction from the last major flood that occurred in the early morning hours of July 22, 1948
Severe foundation damage to new home under construction on South Pierce Avenue
Severe foundation damage to existing home on South Pierce Avenue
Ollie Smith led the way in the development of the system of dams that protect Lancaster and the Upper Hocking Watershed
Rain Event of 1981
Don Bainter, Superintendent of the Lancaster City Parks Department and Director for the Hunter’s Run Conservancy District said, “We can consider ourselves very lucky that Hunter’s Run’s Dams were in.”