Officials with the Town of Boone are looking into how to warn motorist, and visitors, when it comes to high water in flood prone areas. During the October meeting, the Boone Town Council introduced the first steps in being more proactive when it comes to warning people.
Bill Bailey, Director of Planning & Inspections for the Town of Boone, tells WataugaRoads.com that staff is in the process of developing a list of possible areas to be subject to signage. Bailey adds that, “We are also looking into possible Town Code and UDO changes that would be necessary to place the signs on what is typically private properties that contain flood-prone areas. We are working with FEMA and state CRS representatives in this process and expect to have something back to Council for the November agenda.”
One of those flood prone areas would be the Boone Mall parking lot facing highway 321. Several swift water rescues in 2015 have caught the attention of now Boone mayor elect Rennie Brantz. Brantz, who before Tuesday was Mayor Pro Tem, requested the items for signage in areas that are prone to flooding.