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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Kent City Engineer explains floodplain map updates

By Elizabeth Randolph and Raymond Allan Residents in the city of Kent have been concerned about the safety and value of their homes. Recent updates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have shown an 18 percent increase in flood activity in the Forest Hills area. This was due to watersheds in Kent being expanded. FEMA notified the changes to the city of Kent as a means to be proactive. Many residents used the Nov. 18 Kent city council meeting in the floor of the Kent Fire Department to express their shock about being told about the updates of the map. Peter Paino, a resident of Kent living on Windmere Lane was

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