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Flooding – America’s No. 1 Natural Hazard

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6 Safety Tips from the City

1) Know your flood hazard

It is important for residents to find out if their property falls in an area where flooding
is a hazard. Properties located in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) contain
floodplain or are flood prone. Contact Katherine Francesconi kfrancesconi@peachtreecornersga.gov or the City of Peachtree Corner’s Floodplain Map to find out if your property is located in the SFHA.

2) Insure your property for flood hazard
Not only is it mandatory for a property located in the SFHA to purchase flood
insurance, but it is a wise decision to do so. Consider purchasing flood insurance
before the storm and contact your insurance agent.

3) Practice Flood Safety

Deceptive in nature, floods can quickly become life-threatening. Listening for flood
warnings on local television stations and having an evacuation plan in place is key to
avoiding dangerous situations. Note that a flood watch means conditions are favorable
for flash flooding while a flood warning means that flash flooding is about to happen.
DO NOT drive through a flood area and DO NOT walk through flowing water (one foot
of flowing water can sweep you away).

4) Protect your property

You can protect your property by floodproofing basements, ensuring downspouts are
pointed downhill and away from home, store valuables in waterproof containers. The
City provides one-on-one advice specific to your property about how you could better
equip your property to be resistant to flood damage. If you would like to discuss
possibilities of improvement, please contact our Stormwater Engineer, Katherine
Francesconi via email at kfrancesconi@peachtreecornersga.gov or by telephone, (470)
395-7033 to schedule an appointment.

5) Build Responsibly

Prior to any building, please contact the Building Department at (470) 550-1729.
Building in the floodplain can cause water levels to rise, worsening flooding. Land
development changes the natural hydrologic system and forces water to find a new
path.

6) Protect natural floodplain functions

Peachtree Corners is located along the Chattahoochee River and has a number of
small streams and tributaries throughout the city. Washing any trash or debris into our
stormwater system and environment, directly impacts our floodplain and drinking
water supplies.

This is a public service announcement to bring awareness to the various resources provided by
the City of Peachtree Corners for floodplain awareness. Peachtree Corners is bordered by the
Chattahoochee River to the north and also contains tributaries and streams throughout the
City.

Flooding damage can occur due to large rainfall events or when the natural flow of water is
redirected. A wealth of information may be found on the City’s Floodplain Management
webpage that pertains to:

• Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) – the only legal document allowed to be used by
lenders to write a flood insurance policy.
• Floodway Data – Properties located in or near the floodplain have special regulatory
requirements for development. Prior to any building construction, please apply for a
building permit
• Special flood-related hazards – such as local drainage problems, areas predicted to be
flooded in the future, and erosion
• Approximate Depth of Flooding – information about how deep flood waters can be
anticipated on a property can be provided
• Historical flood information – to find out if a property has been flooded in the past or
is a repetitive loss
• Wetlands and Natural Conservation Data – areas mapped in the: National Wetlands
Inventory, critical habitat by the US Fish and Wildlife Services, areas receiving natural
floodplain functions
• Flood Insurance – it is mandatory for a property located in the Special Flood Hazard
Area (SFHA) to purchase flood insurance

Please visit the City’s Floodplain management webpage.

Property Protection Advice:
The City provides one-on-one advice specific to your property. If you are concerned and have
any questions pertaining to flood insurance or are in need of any flood protection advice,
please contact the City’s Certified Floodplain Manager, Katherine Francesconi at
kfrancesconi@peachtreecornersga.gov to schedule an on-site appointment or discussions can
take place over the telephone or in person.

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Tree Maintenance Notice from Georgia Power – for the next two weeks

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Georgia Power has an updated list of new streets that will be affected by its ongoing tree-pruning operation. This work will be performed for the next 2 – 3 weeks.

To improve service reliability in the area, Georgia Power will continue to implement an enhanced tree maintenance plan along Peachtree Corners Circle and Spalding Drive.

Contract tree crews will be performing work from:

  • Peachtree Corners Circle east along Spalding Drive to Engineering Drive. 
  • Additional work will include Crooked Creek, Bridgeboro Way, Mt. Berry Lane, Spur Circle and Rosecommon Drive. 

The work will include tree pruning for clearance, overhang removal, and danger tree removal. 

Crews will be working Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For questions, please call Lance Boyer at Georgia Power: 706-357-6714.

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Updates: Tree Maintenance Notice from Georgia Power

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Update: July 30 Georgia Power announced it has added several new streets to its tree pruning operation next week. To improve service reliability in the area, Georgia Power will continue to implement an enhanced tree maintenance plan along Gunnin Road.

Contract tree crews will be performing work on Gunnin Road, and along Peachtree Corners Circle from Spalding Drive north to Eastman Trail.

Additional work will include Allenhurst NW, Bridgeboro Way, Mt Berry Lane, and Spur Circle for the next two weeks.

The work will include tree pruning for clearance, overhang removal, and danger tree removal. 

Update: July 23

Georgia Power will be adding several new streets to its tree pruning operations next week. The new areas are Match Point, Volley Lane, Pro Drive and Flippen Trail. Georgia Power will continue its pruning, overhang removal and danger tree removal in these new areas. 

To improve service reliability in the area, Georgia Power will continue to implement an enhanced tree maintenance plan along Gunnin Road.

Contract tree crews will be performing work on Gunnin Road, and Allenhurst NW, Broxton Circle and Martech Court for the next two weeks. The work will include tree pruning for clearance, overhang removal, and danger tree removal. 

Crews will be working Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For questions, please contact Lance Boyer with Georgia Power at 706-357-6714.

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Need for emergency disaster lodging and blood donors surges amid COVID-19

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Facing a relentless disaster season, families in the U.S. have spent more nights in emergency lodging in 2020 than in any other year over the past decade.   

More than 1 million times this year, a person relied on the Red Cross for a safe place to sleep after a disaster in the U.S. That’s more than four times the annual average from 2011 to 2019. 

“As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, disasters like residential fires in Georgia — plus a relentless wildfire and hurricane season – have upended hundreds of thousands of lives here and across the country,” said Danella Hughes, Disaster Officer for Georgia’s Red Cross. “Through it all, more people are stepping up as Red Cross volunteers to help others — even as they cope with these events and COVID-19. It’s a true testament to the humanitarian spirit of people in Georgia and in our country.” 

Thousands of people throughout Georgia have been impacted by home and apartment fires, severe storms, and tornados, which ripped through the state in the spring displacing over 200 families. The post-landfall paths of Hurricanes Sally, Delta, and Zeta also directly impacted hundreds of families across the region, causing flooding, downed trees, power outages, and damage to homes. 

This year (through September), Georgia Red Cross volunteers have aided over 8,000 people affected by residential fires, including a massive apartment complex fire in Atlanta at the Avana on Main, where nearly 300 people received assistance. Statewide, the Red Cross has responded to 1,765 fires –17 of those at apartment buildings — to help people affected with emergency needs for lodging, food, clothing and personal items. During the pandemic, volunteers are working virtually and in-person, following CDC and Health Department guidelines to ensure their safety and that of clients served.  

Darrell Stafford is among the residents displaced by the blaze that destroyed the Buckhead apartment building in August during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of Red Cross disaster workers from across the state sprang into action to help him and his neighbors.  

“I was in a state of shock for days,” said Stafford, a fourth-floor resident of the building at the time of the fire. “Emotional support was one of the most valuable things the Red Cross provided. Throughout the years, you’re aware of the Red Cross and how they step up to help, but to see it happening in real-time and have things run as smoothly as they did – it surprised me.” 

 This year, more than 70,000 people across the country joined the Red Cross as volunteers — who represent more than 90 percent of its workforce. In Georgia, new volunteers have stepped up in extraordinary numbers as the state grapples with the pandemic. The region has seen its number of new volunteers double this year in comparison to 2019. Young people have played a crucial role in disaster response – with Millennials and Gen Z representing more than half of new Red Cross volunteers across the country. 

Additionally, the Georgia Red Cross has sent out over 250 volunteers on nearly 600 deployments as part of relief efforts across the country in 2020. Local responders have helped people devasted by the California and Oregon Wildfires and across the southern United States battered by an unforgiving hurricane season.  

Nationwide, 75 percent of new volunteers also stepped up at a pivotal time to fill mission-critical positions, such as shelter and health workers addressing urgent disaster needs, as well as blood donor ambassadors and transportation specialists helping to provide cancer patients, trauma victims and others with lifesaving blood. 

In 2020, Red Cross blood drive cancellations tripled nationwide compared to the year prior — mostly due to COVID-19. Since March, over 50,000 blood drives were canceled as the pandemic forced schools, businesses and community organizations to close, impacting over 1 million blood donation appointments. Still, people rolled up their sleeves — more than a half-million of them giving for the first time. 

Blood donation is an essential service. The Red Cross follows the latest public health guidelines, as well as has put additional precautions in place to ensure everyone’s safety. 

This pandemic has also caused the Red Cross to adapt its collections to include plasma from COVID-19 survivors to potentially help those battling the virus recover. Thousands of COVID-19 survivors have stepped up to share their potentially lifesaving antibodies by giving plasma. Since April, nearly 25,000 COVID-19 survivors have rolled up a sleeve — many of whom are new to blood donation. Their donations have enabled the Red Cross to ship nearly 50,000 units to hospitals across the country treating COVID-19 patients. 

 To learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org . 

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