Madison Township trustees approved a resolution last week adopting Franklin County's Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, thus making the township eligible to receive mitigation funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) if any become available.

Madison Township trustees approved a resolution last week adopting Franklin County's Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, thus making the township eligible to receive mitigation funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) if any become available.

Township Fire Chief Robert Bates told trustees at their Aug. 15 meeting he has submitted three projects to be included on Franklin County's list. One is for additional tornado sirens and two are flood-control projects.

"We have to plan for and mitigate damage as much as we can," he said. "If federal money becomes available, that money can be used for those projects. If it's not on the list, the township can't get any money."

Bates identified the southern portion of the township as being "an area where we want to improve (tornado siren) coverage. It's pretty sparse."

He said the two flood-control projects are for Berger Road, "where it floods pretty regularly" and the area where Rager and Groveport roads intersect.

He said he considers the flood mitigation applications to be interrelated.

"The county said to keep them separate but they felt as well it could be dealt (with) as kind of one whole big project," Bates said. "They told us the bigger the project, the better the chances are (for approval).

"We thought this was a good project to put forward," he added. "We need to get the Army Corps of Engineers to look at the whole area of the watersheds. When you look at the floodplain map, all of those things kind of feed together."

Bates pointed out that the Groveport and Rager roads area, historically notorious for flooding, presents a safety issue when high water forces the closure of the more heavily traveled Groveport Road.

"When there is high water, that floods," he said. "It's not uncommon for that road to close. That brings in issues with being able to get through in emergencies."

Trustee Gary McDonald agr-eed that the area is overdue for some type of flood mitigation.

"Every time it rains heavy, it's almost virtually impossible to drive through there," he said. "We put out 'road closed' signs there all the time. The creek on Rager Road can't handle that amount of water. I've seen that water as high as four feet."