Flood-risk meeting Wednesday

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Public invited to view updated floodplain maps

CHICAGO – Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will host an informational flood-risk open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Schergens Center in Tell City.

The open house will provide Perry County residents an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary flood-insurance study and accompanying preliminary flood-insurance rate maps.

The study and maps provide base flood information, delineate areas subject to significant flood hazards within the county and offer information public officials may use when permitting development in the floodplain.

Attending the open house will be representatives from various local, state and federal agencies, who will provide the most current information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations and the process for floodplain mapping within Perry County.

The newly prepared preliminary floodplain maps will be on display. Once the maps become effective, they will be used by floodplain permit officials, builders and developers, lenders, realtors, insurance agents and the general public to determine flood risk, develop mitigation measures, and encourage wise and responsible risk management decision-making.

Everyone interested in learning about floodplain risks is encouraged to attend.

Property owners, Realtors, lenders and insurance agents are urged to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their communities. For more information, contact Laurie Smith-Kuypers, at (312) 408-5244 or Marge Dworak at (312) 408-5527.