FEMA and SEMA Representatives Address the Audience

A meeting to address Carroll County residents’ concerns about a new flood plain map took place Monday night.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with FEMA Natural Hazards Program Specialist Todd Tucker:

Todd Tucker

The gathering in Norborne was standing room only as those with land in the new flood plain posed their questions.  Tucker said, due to regulations, not much can be done now to stop the process.  “There was the opportunity to comment in the past, but the letter of final determination has been sent out, and at this point the community has to choose whether they want to adopt the regulation or not,” said Tucker, “If they don’t adopt the new floodplain maps, then they would no longer be eligible for floodplain insurance.  If they do adopt them then they continue to be eligible for floodplain insurance, or all the residents in the community are eligible for that, and they’re also eligible for certain disaster assistance.”

Some people at the meeting expressed concern that the new map was inaccurate and the changes will impact their ability to build on their land.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Carroll County resident Annette Smith:

Annette Smith

Smith is upset with the way the the change was handled.  “Our concerns are the fact that it was poor communication for the people in Carroll County; it appears that no one seemed to know about it even though the new elevation maps and the new designation of being a floodway verses a flood plain has already been adopted,” said Smith, ” What’s pending is the fact as to whether the county is going to accept the ordinance.”  The County Commission has until October 2nd to adopt the new maps.