City officials are continuing their efforts to create a flood master plan that could alleviate flood damage in some areas of the city.
Officials say they know the Meramec River will continue to flood the lower part of the city.
The city is currently in the process of crafting an application for a FEMA buyout or elevation funds for properties damaged in the 2015 and 2017 floods. Those properties were the worst flooded area.
City Administrator Steve Roth said he believes the city can benefit from expert flood mitigation practices in the future for any number of areas of the city.
Roth told aldermen he believes there are flood mitigation strategies being used in other parts of the country that could help some Pacific neighborhoods. He also believes funding is available to assist with some of the program.
Roth asked for and received approval to advertise for request for qualifications for experts in the field. The city received eight applications, which officials are reviewing.
The city plans to select one whose qualifications and background best match Pacific’s flood experience.
The lower Meramec has long been on the radar of Pacific officials.
When a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study was done in 1987, engineers determined that it did not appear that the benefits of flood mitigation at Pacific would equal or exceed the cost of the plan.
In 2005, former Pacific Alderman Bill Hohman began a call for flood mitigation and reminded local, state and federal officials that the study was 20 years old.
Hohman turned to former Rep. Kenny Hulshof to look at the need for flood mitigation on the Lower Meramec.
At Hulshof’s request, Congress passed a survey resolution directing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to re-examine the conclusions of the 1987 Lower Meramec River Flood Damage Reduction Study.