Debris management plan passes

Published 9:41 am Monday, July 22, 2019

The Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors voted on Thursday to adopt a resolution for a debris management plan that was drafted by the Commonwealth Regional Council.

“This came about after the tornadoes in Appomattox in 2016,” Victoria Town Manager Rodney Newton said, adding that the county struggled to clear debris such as downed trees following the storm. “This would be added as an appendix to the county’s already-approved emergency operations plan.”

According to the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors meeting board packet, a debris management plan is employed when a natural disaster occurs that exceeds the emergency management capacity of the county or region.

“The CRC completed the Debris Management Plan utilizing State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant funds,” documentation from the county cited. “Debris management planning is a priority and one of the top recommended items from emergency management experience in Appomattox County after the Evergreen tornado disaster a few years ago. Our regional emergency management professionals utilized the grant fund from SHSP through CRC and the work of Todd Fortune and the committee.”