Supervisors Approve FEMA Flood Plain Map

Lauderdale County supervisors Monday approved an amendment to the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, but not without a complaint on the timing.

The county has had a flood ordinance for about 20 years, when it joined the National Flood Insurance Program.

Resident Dan Check objected to the timing of adopting changes, saying people have not had enough time to study them yet.

"I asked if each of you board of supervisors knew any changes, all of the changes or some of the changes within your districts. Well, you could, if you had a list. It's that simplistic," said resident Dan Check. "You know, whether it was suggested or revised or whatever. There's got to be something available. And if it had been made available, we wouldn't be standing here today. All of this would have been resolved."

Board attorney Rick Barry said the maps were actually adopted in November 2009 and a hearing was held. He said the amendment at issue Monday was updating the effective date of the revised maps from FEMA. He said if the new maps were not approved by Feb. 3, flood insurance coverage by NFIP locally would expire.

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