Arlington officials have started the ball rolling on efforts to seek reimbursement for some of the costs being expended to clean up from the heavy downpours that raced across the area on July 8, and are pledging to find ways to mitigate the impact of such weather events in the future.
Perhaps sensitive to growing community disenchantment over past performance in addressing heavy-rain incidents, County Board members on July 13 pledged to find ways to improve local-government efforts to address the impact of flooding.
“We have to up our game,” acknowledged County Board Chairman Christian Dorsey. “It is an ever-evolving field of study. We are on it.”
Board member Erik Gutshall suggested that there were limited options available to prevent future flooding, so the focus must be on addressing it.
“It’s about how you deal with the floods – how do you make sure you’re ready to absorb the impact,” he said.
County Manager Mark Schwartz earlier had declared a pro-forma state of emergency, backdating it to 8:30 a.m. on July 8, when significant rains began to fall. That will make Arlington eligible to seek state and federal assistance with costs related to cleanup efforts.