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Public forum to highlight storm damage prevention projects

DIXON – Dozens of projects and activities aimed at helping to prevent or lessen damage from severe weather will be showcased at a public forum later this month.

The Lee County Hazards Mitigation Planning Committee has met for more than a year to update the county’s hazards mitigation plan, which covers disasters including severe thunderstorms with damaging winds or hail, tornadoes, snow and ice storms, floods, drought, excessive heat, earthquakes, and dam failures.

The group identified more than 90 projects that can be implemented before severe weather in the new plan, which will be available for review and comments Aug. 29.

"This forum is designed to accommodate busy schedules," said Kevin Lalley, director of the Lee County Emergency Management Agency. "Unlike some conventional meetings, there are no formal presentations forcing attendees to wait before they can speak."

Cities participating in updating the plan are Amboy, Ashton, Dixon, Franklin Grove, Harmon, Steward and Sublette.

“Committee members helped identify projects that reflect the specific needs of each participating municipality," Lalley said. "Storm damage information was used to develop specific suggestions for potential projects that can reduce harm to people and property within the county."

Public comments on the plan will be accepted until Sept. 13 and can be directed to the agency at esda@countyoflee.org or by calling 815-284-3365.

Once finalized, the plan will be submitted to the state and federal government for approval.

To attend

The Lee County All Hazards Mitigation Plan will be available for review and comment at a public forum from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Dixon Public Safety Building, 220 S. Hennepin Ave.

Call 815-284-3365, go to leecountyil.com or email esda@countyoflee.org for more information.

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