Town of Brattleboro Hazard Mitigation Plan – 2018 Progress Report

Find attached the 2018 annual progress report for the Brattleboro 2015 Local All Hazard Mitigation Plan. The report is prepared in conformance with the requirements of the town participation in the Community Rating System of the National Flood Insurance Program. CRS participation reduces flood insurance premiums by 10%.


Rita E. Johnson

Planning Clerk & E911 Coordinator

Town of Brattleboro

Brattleboro, VT  05301


The Select Board adopted the 2015 All Hazard Mitigation Plan on December 15, 2015; it was formally approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on February 2, 2016. It will expire on February 1,2021The plan is revised after hazard events such as the Whetstone flooding of January 24-25. Annual progress reports are submitted to the Select Board and local media. 

The plan adopted hazard mitigation actions classified as engineering projects, third party projects, regulations, buyouts, policies, and training & equipment. The town has completed the Cooke and Sunset Lake Road Bridge replacement projects, the Pleasant Valley Dam toe drain, and is finalizing upgrades to the Police and Fire Communications system.

The Chestnut Hill Reservoir dam improvements have been delayed; construction is expected in the coming year. The town has advocated for improvements to the Route 9 Melrose Street bridge to allow free passage of flood flows, but the project has not been placed on the State priority list. The project continues to be a priority for the town.

The town has not pursued stream bank stabilization near the tennis courts in Living Memorial Park and the Brookside Condominiums. The town has benefited from state reconstruction of the I-91 bridges and private rail track upgrades.

The Brattleboro Housing Partnerships has permitted a floodplain restoration project for Melrose Terrace; the Partnerships hopes to receive pre-disaster mitigation funding to allow construction this year. The Vermont River Conservancy is in the permitting process for a restoration project at 250 Birge Street. Both projects will help protect adjacent and downstream properties and infrastructure. There will also be water quality and recreation benefits. 

The 2015 Land Use Regulations incorporate improved regulation of natural hazards, including riparian zone management, steep slopes restrictions, and improved design standards for private drives and roads. The town has received emergency services ISO recertification.

The town was recertified as a Class 8 community in the Community Rating System of the National Flood Insurance Program. The town has not adopted local higher road and bridge standards, adopting the state standards. The state has been upgrading those standards with an emphasis on stormwater management. 

The town has been supportive of BHP’s efforts to relocated residents from Melrose Terrace, with 11 buildings now unoccupied. The Partnerships has identified a site adjacent to Red Clover Commons for the phase II relocation. The town is currently working with Tri-Park Cooperative Housing to develop a master plan to relocate homes at high flood risk. 

The town is working with the Army Corp of Engineers to develop dam inundation models and emergency response plans. The town has not pursued a drought response plan. 

The town continues to implement National Incident Management/Incident Command System (NIMS/ICS) training and works with other agencies to maintain the school crisis plan. 

Public information projects have been added as part of the CRS recertification, but the town has not developed a Program for Public Information. 

Public outreach for the 2021 plan update will begin in early 2020. The full plan can be found at: 

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