The Borough of Lewisburg (Union County, Pennsylvania) launched a Flood Mitigation Study in 2022 to improve the Borough’s ability to withstand a flooding event, regardless of the size of the flood event. Located within the floodplains of three watercourses; West Branch Susquehanna River, Buffalo Creek, and Limestone (Bull) Run – these floodplains make up approximately one third of the Borough’s land area and impact the Borough’s residences, businesses, institutions, and infrastructure. The Borough was devastated over 50 years ago by the Hurricane Agnes flood. Since that time, Lewisburg has made significant strides in improvements to the community’s flood resiliency. The completed Flood Mitigation Study has provided new data, tools, and “next steps” to further our progress as a truly resilient community that will survive, adapt, and thrive under the continual threat of flooding.
The Lewisburg Borough Flood Mitigation Study was completed by the engineering firm HRG (www.hrg-inc.com) with the assistance of the SEDA-Council of Governments Flood Resiliency Department (www.seda-cog.org/departments/flood-resiliency) and Lewisburg Borough staff. The Flood Mitigation Study was funded by Lewisburg Borough and through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (www.dced.pa.gov).