Manchester-by-the Sea's new FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) has been approved by both FEMA and MEMA (the state's emergency management agency). The 2018 plan is an update from the Town's previous HMP which was last revised in 2012. In addition to updating and improving those sections required by FEMA, the Town has included input from a FEMA Grant funded study (2014) that examined potential Climate Change impacts on the Town, particularly flooding due to Increased Precipitation, Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge.
The Town received a second FEMA grant to perform the full 5-year update of its HMP which included the incorporation of the study conducted under the 2014 grant as well as an expanded list of Town vulnerabilities and priority actions that the community should take. This plan is effective through June 8, 2023.
These projects compliment the Town's Sawmill Brook Watershed project, funded by the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management (CZM), in its effort to understand and plan for climate change impacts. The Sawmill Brook project evaluated the impacts of climate change on flooding in the Sawmill Brook Watershed. Learn more at: Sawmill Brook Watershed Project