FEMA reveals updated floodplain maps

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COLUMBUS, Ind.–The public will soon have the chance to review changes the Federal Emergency Management Agency has made to Haw Creek floodplain maps. The city of Columbus and Bartholomew County Planning Department is holding an open house at Donner Center on January 30, from 4 to 7 p.m., to discuss these preliminary map changes.

Changes being made by FEMA include changing floodplain boundaries and base flood elevations within Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). These maps will replace the current ones for Haw Creek, which were adopted on December 9, 2014. FIRMs for Columbus, including Haw Creek, were initially created in 1982 and have been revised two times since.

Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and the floodplain boundaries delineated on them, are used to determine flood insurance rates and to help local communities enforce construction regulations in flood prone areas.

FEMA’s preliminary floodplain maps for Haw Creek may be viewed on the Indiana Floodplain Information Portal at www.floodmaps.IN.gov.

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