ELIZABETH - A number of public meetings will be held in Elizabeth over the next couple of weeks to address a new floodplain ordinance and to discuss the impact of the recent storm which knocked out power to the majority of the county for over a week, including a hearing today.
Wirt County will be conducting four public readings of a new floodplain ordinance over the next two weeks before official adoption on July 31, said Bo Wriston, Director of the Wirt County Office of Emergency Services.
The readings/meetings will occur at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, July 27 and July 30 at the Wirt County Courthouse in Elizabeth.
"These public meetings will be held to read the ordinance, and to discuss any issues citizens may have," Wriston said. "An original public reading/meeting was scheduled for July 3, but was postponed due to the state of emergency."
In regards to the state of emergency, the Wirt County Office of Emergency Services will conduct a public meeting from 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 23 at the courthouse.
"This meeting will provide citizens, county officials, and first responders the opportunity to discuss the recent storm event, including what went right, what went wrong and to start laying the groundwork for a better way forward," Wriston said. "The public is welcome to attend with ideas that will strengthen Wirt County response capabilities and mitigate future impacts on the community."