|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
November 23, 2009
CONTACT: Robbie Wilbur
Jefferson County Flood Risk Open House
General public provided opportunity to find out more about floodplain management
(Jackson, Miss.) -- The Mississippi Flood Map Modernization Initiative Team will host a Flood Risk Open House from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, at the Jefferson County Hospital, located at 809 Main Street in Fayette. The team, which includes representatives from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, and Mississippi Geographic Information LLC, will be available to address questions from the public.
The open house will provide the public with an opportunity to review the recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) that include base flood information and identification of areas subject to flood hazards within the county. The maps for Jefferson County and its incorporated communities are also available for viewing at the MDEQ web site at: http://geology.deq.state.ms.us/floodmaps/status.aspx?county=Jefferson
Local and state officials will be present to provide information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development requirements, and the process used for floodplain mapping. 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.
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