Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Meeting Reminder On Flood Maps

****Meeting Today****

Rankin County
Flood Risk Open House

General public provided opportunity to find out more about floodplain management in their community.

Officials representing 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, June 13th in the Multi Purpose Room at Northwest Rankin High School, located at 5805 Hwy 25.

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 Rankin County and the communities of Brandon, Florence, Flowood, Pearl, Pearl River Valley WSD, Pelahatchie, Puckett and Richland are also available for viewing at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality web site at:

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 the minimum flood risk of the community.

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 within your community.

The maps can impact you directly, please contact your community Floodplain Administrator to learn if your home or business is located within a high hazard area, which will require flood insurance if you have a federally backed loan.

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