Rankin County, Scott County and Smith County Flood Risk Open House

General public provided opportunity to find out more about new flood maps on April 10

(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 Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the City of Pearl’s Community Room, located at 2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, 39208.

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 Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, the Cities of Brandon, Florence, Flowood, Jackson (Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport), Pearl, and the unincorporated areas of Rankin, southeastern Scott and northeastern Smith Counties.

The new preliminary maps covering the above listed communities will also be available for viewing on the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) Flood Mapping website at:

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

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

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

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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