As the National Weather Service is in the midst of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, the city of Parsons is undergoing an assessment in hopes of avoiding the devastation of a disaster it experienced more than a quarter of a century ago.
Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are currently surveying the city in an effort to reduce flood risk. While the work is creating some disturbance to properties, it is a worthwhile project.
Eventually, the Structures Inventory will identify every building within the floodplain of a 100-year flood. Another part of the evaluation, the Elevations Assessment, will show what would happen to each building in the floodplain.
The end result is a major stride in preparedness. In fact, City Administrator Jason Myers said it is the type of plan that has been needed "for a long time."
In November 1985, much of the region was under water. Parsons sustained extreme damage. We hope nothing like that occurs again; but if the waters begin to rise, Parsons will have a plan in place to reduce the risks.