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BRASHER FALLS - Brasher officials are working on a hazard mitigation plan that could entitle them to money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in case of a disaster in the town.

Councilman Mark Peets said he had attended a hazard mitigation meeting in Potsdam that dealt with the process.

While much of the money is devoted to larger disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, he said there is remaining money available to disburse to the rest of the state for other emergencies.

“I had submitted a paper prior outlining some issues in the town of Brasher. I highlighted some of the different contingencies of storms or natural disasters,” Mr. Peets told councilmen this week.

He said he had come up with five issues that could potentially impact the town. Among them, he said, is the potential for flooding with two rivers in the area.

“Some years it’s worse than others,” he said.

One area in particular, Small Road, is susceptible to flooding because of poor drainage, according to Mr. Peets.

“Before there were some pretty nice lands,” he said.

“But with beavers moving in to create dams, as well as other events, that area is now prone to flooding, the councilman said.

He suggested they might be able to work with the Army Corps of Engineers to resolve issues in that area.

“We can see what they can do to help with mitigation,” Mr. Peets said.

At this point, he said, they have to come up with mitigations plans to address possible issues they might face.

“At the last meeting we needed to come up with a few mitigation plans. They’re not looking for five or six plans that are rushed. They wanted one or two plans that are good,” Mr. Peets said.

He said he intends to submit the town’s plans next week, which once approved would make them eligible for FEMA money should a disaster occur.

“Hopefully by the January meeting the list will be done and submitted to the county,” Mr. Peets said. “We’re in the running. We’re eligible for FEMA money when it becomes available. If you don’t apply, you’re not going to get it.”

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