In an effort to better understand the flooding problem and potential solutions in the village of Sidney, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, is studying the area.
The village was hit by severe flooding in 2006.
"It's great news," said village engineer John Woodyshek. "It's another milestone in coming up with a solution to the problem."
The fieldwork for the Floodplain Management Services Study began this month with a team doing pre-survey work, according to Corps officials.
This included looking at low openings, where water could enter buildings, said Corps project manager Larry Eastman. Actual building elevations will be measured in April, he said, and a list of options is expected to be presented to the village in the fall, he said.
The work will not result in any designs for solutions, he said.
Instead, in its investigation of the area along the Susquehanna River and Weir Creek at the Amphenol Corp., the Corps will show the village how it can move forward on the issues, Eastman said.
Woodyshek said the municipality is partnering with state and federal officials on a solution. He was hopeful the survey could help develop answers on preventing flooding. Those answers could include levees or flood walls, he said.
The survey is just the start, he said, but when it is completed, he hopes to see a narrowing of the options, including costs and a better focus on the ultimate solution.