Panola County, Tallahatchie County and Yalobusha County
Flood Risk Public Open Houses

General public provided opportunity to find out more about new flood maps on March 18-19

The Mississippi/FEMA Risk MAP Team will host two Flood Risk Public Open Houses Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the times and venues shown below:

Tallahatchie Watershed Flood Risk                      Tallahatchie Watershed Flood Risk
Public Open House #1                                          Public Open House #2

Date: Monday, March 18, 2019                             Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Time:  4:00 PM – 7:00 PM                                      Time:  4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Place: Panola County Extension Building,              Place:   Tallahatchie County EMA Office

392 Hwy 51 South                                                 203 South Panola Street

Batesville, MS 38606                                             Charleston, MS 38921

The open houses 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 for the following communities: City of Batesville, City of Charleston, the Town of Oakland, the City of Sardis and unincorporated areas of Panola County, Tallahatchie County and Yalobusha County.  The new preliminary maps covering the above listed communities will also be available for viewing on the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Flood Mapping web site at:

Panola Co.:

Tallahatchie Co.:

Yalobusha Co.:

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.

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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