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Clark County Commissioners To Hold Floodplain Meetings
The Clark County Commissioners will hold two public hearings this week concerning revisions to the county’s Floodplain Ordinance.
The first meeting will be held at the Alexandria Community Center at 6pm on Wednesday. A second meeting will take place at 9am Thursday, at the Commissioners’ office.
The Commissioners have worked with federal and state emergency managment agencies to develop the revised floodplain map and ordinance. ?The county will need to adopt the revised FIRM, or Flood Insurance Rate Map, in order for property owners to be able to purchase flood insurance. The previous map was last updated in 2000.
What is a FIRM?
It is the official map of a community on which FEMA has delineated both the special hazard areas and the risk premium zones applicable to the community.
Why would I need to use a FIRM?
Private citizens and insurance and brokers use the FIRM to locate properties and buildings to determine the amount of flood risk and whether flood insurance is required.
Community officials use the FIRM to administer floodplain management regulations and to mitigate flood damage.
Lending institutions and federal agencies use the FIRM to locate properties and buildings in relation to mapped flood hazards, and to determine whether flood insurance is required when making loans or providing grants following a disaster for the purchase or construction of a building.