Miami-Dade County residents still have time to comment on a federal study that proposes $4.6 billion of investments to protect coastal areas from storm surge. The deadline to provide feedback has been extended to Wednesday, August 19.
The "Back Bay" study from the US Army Corps of Engineers includes a sea-level rise projection of 2.79 feet over 50 years. It lays out the potential risks coastal communities, including Surfside, face if they do nothing to prepare for growing risk from storm surge, as well as the economic, social, cultural and environmental costs and benefits of various responses.
Surfside is one of the communities where nonstructural measures are being considered by the Corps. In Surfside, five non-residential properties have been proposed for floodproofing and one residential structure has been proposed for elevation. The elevation and floodproofing is voluntary and financial assistance would be provided to owners of the proposed properties if they decide to participate. The Corps has not released addresses of the properties that are proposed.
Other recommended measures include up to six miles of protective walls along the mainland and massive mangrove restoration near Cutler Bay. County-wide, a total of 2300 residences are proposed for elevation and 3800 non-residential properties and critical infrastructure are recommended for floodproofing. Read more in this Miami Herald article from June 6 and this one from July 9.
Of the $4.6 billion estimated total, the federal government would cover 65 percent of costs following approval from Congress, with Miami-Dade County and partners covering 35 percent. To view the study, visit the Corps webpage and select "Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement." Residents can also find a list of frequently asked questions.
Comments may be provided in writing to: MDBB-CSRMStudy@usace.army.mil or at http://arcg.is/fm0Xe or by mail to:
Attn: Ms. Justine Woodard
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Norfolk District
803 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
For more information or special assistance, contact Ms. Justine Woodward at 757-201-7728 or MDBB-CSRMStudy@usace.army.mil.