STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR

MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
GARY C. RIKARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 6, 2016
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277



Harrison County and Jackson County Flood Risk Open House
General public provided opportunity to find out more about floodplain maps on April 12

(Jackson, Miss.) -- The Mississippi/FEMA Risk MAP Team will host a Flood Risk open house from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the D’Iberville Recreation Center located at 10706 Kajja Drive in D’Iberville.

The open house will provide the public with an opportunity to review the recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) that include base flood information and identification of areas subject to flood hazards. The new preliminary maps covering portions of the Cities of Biloxi, Gautier, and Gulfport, and unincorporated areas of Harrison and Jackson Counties will also be available for viewing, after the meeting, on the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality web site at:

Harrison County: http://geology.deq.ms.gov/floodmaps/Projects/RiskMAP/?county=Harrison

Jackson County: http://geology.deq.ms.gov/floodmaps/Projects/RiskMAP/?county=Jackson

The team, which includes representatives from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Geographic Information LLC, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be available to address questions from the public. Local and state officials will also be present to provide information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development requirements, and the process used for floodplain mapping.

The new studies were limited to riverine flooding sources. There are no new updates to the coastal zones or coastal flood elevations. Once the preliminary FIRMs become effective, these maps will be used by floodplain permit officials, builders and developers, lenders, realtors, insurance agents, and the general public to determine flood risk.

Property owners, realtors, lenders, and insurance agents are encouraged to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation. Contact a community Floodplain Administrator to learn if a home or business is located within a special flood hazard area which will require flood insurance if there is a federally-backed loan.

Mr. Robbie Wilbur
Communications Director
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Post Office Box 2261
Jackson, Mississippi 39225
601/961-5277
601/421-5699 (c)
rwilbur@deq.state.ms.us
@MDEQ