If you think that development in the Ephesus – Fordham, a.k.a. Blue Hill District, is not increasing the risk of flooding, think again.
The tragic events in Houston are a worrisome wake up call to Chapel Hill – especially in the Blue Hill district which is already prone to flooding. Already approved upstream projects and changing weather conditions will increase flooding in this low lying area.
Our editorial on “the Lessons of Houston” elicited a response from Molly DeMarco and Sue Hunter which lauded Chapel Hill’s land use planning but incorrectly referenced the district’s “superior flood control requirements.” (Read their opinion editorial posted in the Durham Herald here).
CHALT readers know that the Council did apply water quality treatment standards in 2014 to the District, but flooding mitigation actions have yet to be taken.