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Preparing for the next big one in scituate

Preparing for the NEXT BIG ONE in Scituate

Powerpoint prepared by Laura Harbottle, Town Planner, with thanks to Vin Kalishes, Conservation Agent and Neil Duggan, Building Commissioner for pictures and information on current Building Code and local regulations.





So how are we preparing for the next big one
So, how are we preparing for the NEXT BIG ONE ?

  • Some history of storms in Scituate

  • What the Town is doing:

    • Regulations

    • Programs

    • Next Steps




Damage to utilities and infrastructure was heavy
Damage to utilities and infrastructure Blizzard of ’78. was heavy.



The Perfect Storm of 1991 also brought severe losses to Scituate. Loss of homes may have been the hardest and most immediate impact.


More extreme damage from this storm
More extreme damage from this storm. Scituate. Loss of homes may have been the hardest and most immediate impact.


Many homes were devastated
Many homes were devastated. Scituate. Loss of homes may have been the hardest and most immediate impact.


Severe storms are part of scituate s history here are scenes from the portland gale 1898
Severe storms are part of Scituate’s history. Scituate. Loss of homes may have been the hardest and most immediate impact.Here are scenes from the Portland Gale, 1898.


What s the town s approach
What’s the Town’s approach? Scituate. Loss of homes may have been the hardest and most immediate impact.


Waterfront property has high value and is very developable
Waterfront property has high value and is very developable. Scituate. Loss of homes may have been the hardest and most immediate impact.



How are we addressing the coastal storm threat
How are we addressing powerful wave action.the coastal storm threat ?

  • Regulations:

    • State Building Code is currently stricter than FEMA requires. 2’ elevation above BFE required in Velocity Zones.

    • Zoning Overlay District created in 1972 prohibits new construction in flood prone areas (Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District.)

    • Local Conservation Commission bylaw requires 1’ elevation above BFE.


Besides regulations we have
Besides regulations we have… powerful wave action.

  • Programs:

    • CRS participation, with an active committee and ongoing meetings

    • Elevation Grants

    • Weather station connected to NWS for early warning on Nor’easters


Fema elevation grants
FEMA Elevation Grants powerful wave action.

  • The Planning Department has been very involved with the FEMA Elevation Grant Program. Requirements for homeowners include:

    • Homeowners must maintain flood insurance currently and promise to maintain it in the future

    • Improvements must comply with State Building Code, Conservation Commission and FEMA regs

    • Homeowners must apply to Planning Dept., so property can be included in their application to FEMA


Background on the program
Background on the program: powerful wave action.

  • There are multiple programs available, including Flood Mitigation Assistance, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Severe Repetitive Loss program

  • Funding is provided from flood insurance payments and for some programs, also federal tax revenue

  • FEMA is generally looking to assist properties with a positive benefit-cost ratio


The grant program for homeowners
The Grant Program for homeowners: powerful wave action.

  • Home elevation is eligible for reimbursement of up to 75% of cost, or $40,000, whichever is lower.

  • Utility elevation is eligible for reimbursement of up to 75% of cost, or $10,000.

  • Generally, to meet the benefit-cost ratio, homeowners must be able to show a record of losses equal or greater to the grant amount based on insurance claims or other records.






Secrets of our success
“Secrets” of our success: Elevation Grant…

  • Many town officials lived through some critically severe storms and support strong enforcement of the building code, zoning and local wetlands bylaw

  • The Town has promoted programs to help citizens – CRS and flood elevation grants

  • Our successes have come from many people’s efforts


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