The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners received a $40,000 Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant award to develop a Vulnerability Assessment for the County. A Vulnerability Assessment reviews future exposure to existing developed areas and future areas of development, financial exposure, and risks to significant environmental and cultural resources. This project will specifically help the County assess the overall environmental and economic vulnerabilities related to flooding and sea level rise risks.
Flooding, stormwater, drainage are top concerns for elected officials and the community based on storm events like Matthew and Irma and also because of everyday flooding after typical summer storms. It is not uncommon to sometimes hear on a weekly basis from citizens in the County regarding road flooding issues or that they have been dropped from their flood insurance. The community has indicated they are ready for action. A Vulnerability Assessment for rapidly growing areas, and areas with demonstrated existing flooding issues, will help Nassau County be better prepared.
The two studies are: Phase 1) and Phase 2) Amelia Island and Western Nassau west of I-95. Long-range planning efforts are currently being conducted for these regions of the County, and a vulnerability assessment will help inform these efforts and future planning.