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The East End of the City experienced a major flood on August 19, 2011 resulting in the tragic loss of four lives on Washington Boulevard and untold financial damages for residents and business. While the events of August 19 served to focus attention on this issue, it is not a new problem. Over the past three years, many residents and business owners in my district have suffered more than $10,000 worth of flood damage on as many as six separate occasions. This is clearly unacceptable to all of us and must be addressed. To be certain, the problems on Washington Boulevard begin upstream in the watershed and must be addressed in a comprehensive strategy.

Therefore, I have called for a public meeting on Tuesday, September 6 at 6:00 PM at the Winchester Thurston School. This meeting will be co-hosted by my office and community and business groups in Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, and East Liberty. The meeting will be an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns directly to the PWSA, the Mayor’s Office and county and state elected officials. It is important that the community be provided a public forum to stand up and tell their stories about how these repeated floods have affected them.

I hope that this forum will be the catalyst for a serious focus on these issues and a search for long-term, sustainable solutions.

September 6, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Winchester Thurston School
555 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213

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