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 2022, 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 Flood Resilience Plan will ensure the City will be better prepared, ready to respond, and able to recover from flood events. The planning study is anticipated to take around eight months to complete and the resulting Resilience Plan will enable City leaders to better understand flood­ing concerns throughout the entire City. This plan also positions the City to be able to access additional grant funding support in the future, towards resilience projects and strategies identified in the Plan.

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

  • Identify natural hazards and vulnerabilities, especially those for the most at-risk portions of the community.
  • Analyze current capacity and propose strategies and solutions.
  • Develop a scorecard to rank projects with the most impact, with a focus on equitable ranking.

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

The initial Public Meetings for the Flood Resilience Plan have concluded. Please stay tuned for additional meetings during the Draft Phase of the planning process!

See the presentation slides from the Public Meetings below: Roanoke Resiliency Plan_Public Meetings

Monday, March 20th – 6:00-7:00 PM – Williamson Rd Library

Tuesday, March 21st – 5:00-6:00 PM – Belmont Library

Thursday, March 23rd – 6:00-7:00 PM – Online Zoom Meeting

Monday, March 27th – 6:00-7:00 PM – Melrose Branch Library

Wednesday, March 29th – 6:00-7:00 PM – Gainsboro Library

Thursday, March 30th – 6:00-7:00 PM – Raleigh Court Library

*Click Here to Complete the 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.

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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!

Below are results from the Roanoke Area Flood Tracking Survey (RAFTS). The RAFTS is designed to collect flood observation data, including the date, time, locations, and photos of flooding issue(s) in the City. The resulting data will allow the project team to identify potential unknown or unreported flooding “hotspots” in our community. Use RAFTS to report flooding in your area, past or present!

*Click here to submit your own data to the RAFTS*

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact the Stormwater Utility

Mckenzie Brocker
Water Quality Administrator
Phone: 540-853-5914