|About the Stormwater Committee
As noted in our first communication, the Stormwater Committee was formed at the April 2014 annual meeting of the Ocean Sands Property Owners Association. Subsequently, the Crown Point POA joined the Committee. Currently there are discussions with several other contiguous communities with varying levels of interest.
The Committee is responding to the outcry from our community for a solution to the repeated flooding of their homes, surrounding areas and local streets over many years. Beyond the negative effects on rental activities, this standing water poses many health hazards and negatively impacts property values (after all, who wants to pay top dollar in an area that floods?). Of course, different storms bring different effects on different properties. Also, there are many diverse players involved with multiple, competing objectives and needs. Due to the complexities involved, both from an engineering and a “political” standpoint, the Committee concluded that a continuous focused effort was needed to resolve the many issues related to the stormwater problem.
We all know the cause of flooding – rain storms, Nor’easters and hurricanes! But the conditions that create or allow pervasive flooding are different and varying. The Committee’s mission and objectives are several:
The Committee has agreed that a major objective or, more accurately, a key responsibility, is our obligation to provide owners with an understanding of all aspects of this very complex multi-community recurring problem.
There are currently 14 Ocean Sands and Crown Point homeowner members on the Committee, plus Eric Weatherly, the county engineer, and the Coastland participants. We are overwhelmed by how many people are willing to volunteer significant amounts of their time for such a daunting task, so we would like to introduce the Committee members to you.
Technical guidance & assistance provided to the Committee by Eric Weatherly, Currituck County Engineer
The Committee has been meeting monthly since the beginning of 2015, with a majority of the Committee members at each meeting in the County satellite office or the Corolla Library. We have formed a number of subcommittees to address different aspects of this highly complex issue. The subcommittees are having conference calls, conducting research and developing recommendations for their areas. Activities to-date include:
Significant time has also been spent by numerous Committee members to put in place stop-gap measures to mitigate flooding issues caused by the recent storms (and we can’t emphasize enough just how lucky we were that Hurricane Joaquin moved out to sea).
The Stormwater Committee will continue to communicate with all owners and share news and developments about our efforts. All of the owners and residents within our communities must be made aware of all components of this multifarious problem. We believe that people must recognize that there are many ways they may be impacted by the pervasive flooding in the northern outer banks – not just whether they have standing water in or under their house. In addition to damage to homes and personal property, pervasive and continual flooding impacts access to rental property, dents fair rental values and increases insurance rates. Obviously, potential flooding conditions result in reduced property values for all. Moreover, there is a clear and lasting impact on the appearance of our communities and the impression people have of Ocean Sands and Crown Point, not to mention the potential adverse health impacts from standing water.
Please pass this information on to your friends and neighbors as we still don’t have a complete email list of all property owners and can’t afford postal mailings. Tell them to email: OceanSandsStormwater@gmail.com so that we can add them to our list for future updates. Thanks for your help and cooperation & stay tuned!