UPDATE 9/22: Huntington Flood Prevention 5-7 Years Away?

Updated 9/22
From today's Metro section:

Flood-Control Timetable Rejected
The Fairfax County Supervisor who represents the Huntington community stricken by flooding last June said yesterday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' estimate of five to seven years to build a protective wall or other measures to keep out high water was "not acceptable."

"They don't know what they're talking about," said Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon).

Hyland said it made no sense for the Corps to set a timetable until it knew exactly what kind of flood control was needed. The Corps' report on the cause of the June 25-26 flooding, which damaged more than 300 homes and caused losses estimated at $10 million, is due in December.

The estimate was mentioned in a July e-mail from the Corps to the county's public works department. Hyland said that neither he, the board nor County Executive Anthony H. Griffin was aware of it until it was obtained by The Post.

Hyland said short-term measures also need to be considered.

-- Bill Turque

Originally posted 9/20
It may take five to seven years of work to complete a flood control project to prevent a repeat of the devastation experienced by the Huntington neighborhood during June's heavy rains. This, according to a timetable the U.S Army Corps of Engineers has given to county officials. Read the Metro story here.

By Focus on Fairfax |  September 20, 2006; 9:53 AM ET  | Category:  Neighborhoods , Weather
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