What is Resilience Planning?

Urban resilience is the ability to withstand and recover from unexpected shocks associated with natural hazards and climate change. Building resilience to these risks can be dealt with most effectively through strengthened urban planning and management.

What is the City doing to Build Resilience in the Community?

In 2021, the City of Roanoke was awarded a grant through the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Community Flood Preparedness Fund to prepare a “Flood Resilience Plan”. The City will take a view of resilience related to flooding, which includes how flood events can impact vulnerable populations. The City will approach the planning process through an equity lens to help share policy as it relates to other longer-term stresses that could result from flooding, such as lack of transportation, lack of insurance or ability to recover from loss, and so on.

What are the goals of Roanoke’s Flood Resilience Plan?

  • Identify natural hazards and vulnerabilities, particularly as they relate to the most at-risk portions of the community
  • Analysis provided through an equity lens
  • Develop a scorecard to select projects with the most impact, and with higher weight going to projects specifically addressing racial and socioeconomic risk disparities within the community

Who are the Project Partners?

City of Roanoke Stormwater Utility

City of Roanoke Department of Planning, Building & Development

City of Roanoke Office of Sustainability

A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc.

Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Learn More About Flooding in the City of Roanoke

Flood Zone Information and Flood Insurance

Flood Safety

The Flood of 1985 ArcGIS StoryMap

*Click here to complete the Roanoke Flood Resilience Plan Survey*

Versión en español: *Encuesta del Plan de Roanoke de Resiliencia a las Inundaciones*

You are helping us make the first move toward building a more flood resilient City. This means we are dedicated to becoming more prepared, ready to respond, able to cope and recover from flood events – and we can’t do it without you. This survey is a chance for you to tell us about your unique flooding challenges in your community. There is also an opportunity for you to provide ideas or suggestions for flood resilience/mitigation projects in the City. Your input will inform the City’s efforts and help ensure the Roanoke Resilience Plan addresses the needs of City stakeholders. Rest assured, any contact information you provide will be held in strict confidence. If you do not provide contact information, your name will remain anonymous, and we will not send you any follow-up information. Your input will promote positive changes, and we appreciate your willingness to help in this planning effort.

The City was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to develop a Citywide Roanoke Resilience Plan. Grants were awarded through DCR from the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund to local governments per §10.1‐603.25 et seq. of the Code of Virginia and as required by the Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act. The planning study is anticipated to take around 8 months to complete, and the resulting Resilience Plan will then enable City leaders to better understand flooding concerns throughout the entire city to consider applying for more grant funding support in the future, towards flood resilience projects and strategies identified in the Plan.

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This is an important survey. If you do not speak English and would like the contents of this document explained to you or translated into your language, please call [540-853-2000]. There is no cost to you!

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Questions or Concerns?

Please contact the Stormwater Utility

Mckenzie Brocker

Water Quality Administrator

Email: mckenzie.brocker@roanokeva.gov

Phone: 540-853-5914