Changing floodplain, changing attitudes

The City of Kent updated floodplain boundaries for the first time since the 1970s. The new floodplain is a drastic change and affects numerous Kent residents. By Julie Selby & Melinda Stephan Kent’s topography is changing, and with it residents’ attitudes. City Engineer Jim Bowling’s office has been working on updating Kent’s floodplain for about five years now. Update desperately needed “Since 1977, there has been no update to any of the hydraulic calculations to the city of Kent,” Bowling said. This means Kent hasn’t had an accurate picture of how intense rain or flooding could affect its residents in nearly 40 years. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR)

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