City distributing survey on damage from Grafius Run

City officials have begun to distribute a survey door-to-door asking residents for damage assessments caused by Grafius Run floods over the past 10 years.

A previously planned public outreach meeting has been cancelled in favor of the neighborhood distribution, said Chelsea Myers, city planning director.

The city is attempting to get survey information from residents and business owners to turn over to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The department may be able to assist with technicial experts on flood-mitigation projects.

The surveys, when filled out, also will be given to state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, who is planning to put the figures into the state capital projects budget, said Jason Fitzgerald, president of Penn Strategies, the city economic development consulting group working on the funding portion of the project.

The surveying period will be over the next month, Myers said.

“We will be hitting homes during the day and evening,” she said.

Evening hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and during the day whenever staff is available.

If the surveyors are unable to contact residents, commercial and industrial businesses, the materials will include an attached flyer.

Residents, commercial and industrial businesses also may contact Myers at her second-floor office at City Hall.