Are you a homeowner or a business owner in Allegheny County? Have you been asking yourself: Why is my basement flooding? Why is the street flooding? What do I do in a flood? How do I protect my house? When do I evacuate?
To answer those questions, the US Army Corps of Engineers, 3 Rivers Wet Weather, ALCOSAN, Allegheny County Conservation District, PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Watersheds of South Pittsburgh, and PWSA are holding a flood education workshop series. Through five webinars, you can learn about the basics of flooding, how to prepare and protect yourself and your property, available resources and contacts, and other important information to empower yourself and the people you care about before, during, and after a flood.
The first virtual session, “Watershed Basics and Types of Flooding”, was held on Tuesday, July 27. To help residents understand the causes of flooding and sewage backups, PWSA staff explained how our sewer systems were designed and how private sewer laterals tie into the public system. At the August 17 workshop, PWSA staff will also present information on what to do and who to call if you experience a sewage backup, wet basement, or flooding.
The remaining virtual sessions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday until August 24. Registration at www.eventbrite.com/e/162586369207 for 100 people to attend the live series is currently full, but recordings of each of the five sessions will be available to view online at silverjackets.nfrmp.us/State-Teams/Pennsylvania.
- July 27: Watershed Basics and Types of Flooding
- August 3: Where Flooding Occurs and How You Can Find Out
- August 10: Preparation & Mitigation for Flooding
- August 17: Responding to Flooding
- August 24: Recovering from Flooding