This is the first in a series of letters I plan to write to critique the county’s Master Flood Mitigation Plan. This Plan would raise the property taxes for thousands of valley residents by $100 so a thorough understanding of its components is essential. I have been a member of the Valley Flood Committee for over three years and have participated in all of its meetings with county representatives to evaluate the flood problems associated with Ten Mile and Silver creeks. The result of this process has been the county paying engineers hundreds of thousands of dollars to study the problem with the county finally writing the currently proposed plan unilaterally the way it wanted.

My first point is that the county flood plan does absolutely nothing to prevent flooding in the first place. Ten Mile Creek will continue to overflow just as it always has if the flood plan is funded and implemented.

Roger LaVoie