Hinds County and Claiborne County Flood Risk Open House

General public provided opportunity to find out more about floodplain maps on April 12, 2018

(Jackson, Miss.) — The Mississippi/FEMA Risk MAP Team will host a Flood Risk Open House from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) building’s First Floor Multi-Purpose Meeting Room, located at 700 North State Street, Jackson, 39201.

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 for the following communities: portions of the Cities of Byram, Clinton, and Jackson, and unincorporated areas of northeastern Hinds and northeastern Claiborne Counties. The new preliminary maps covering the above listed communities will also be available for viewing on the MDEQ Flood Mapping website at:

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

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

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.

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