STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
PHIL BRYANT, GOVERNOR

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2017
Contact: Robbie Wilbur
601/961-5277


Flood Risk Open House for
Aberdeen, Amory, Nettleton, Gattman, Hatley, Smithville, and Unincorporated Areas of Monroe County
General public provided opportunity to find out more about floodplain maps on February 16

(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 Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Monroe County Government Complex, 1619 Highland Drive in Amory.


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 the Cities of Aberdeen, Amory, and Nettleton, Village of Gattman, Towns of Hatley and Smithville, and Unincorporated Areas of Monroe County will also be available for viewing on the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) website at:

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

The team, which includes representatives from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, MDEQ, 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.

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.
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Robbie Wilbur
Communications Director
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Post Office Box 2261
Jackson, Mississippi 39225
rwilbur@mdeq.ms.gov
601-961-5277 (office)
601-421-5699 (cell)
@MDEQ