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Flood map study to be presented in Greene County, AR

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) –Flooding is a problem many Region eight communities experience.  In Greene County work has been going on for a long time to fix the problem.  Thursday, county officials met with engineers to discuss changes to their flood map.

"We had a map that went effective a couple of years ago but there was the Greene County study that the Corps of Engineers Memphis District was doing was not complete at the time," said Guy Lowes, FEMA Senior Engineer for Region 6.

Since that work is completed a revision is being done to include the changes.

"There are areas that the Corps of Engineers improved a channel and some folks their properties have been taken out and some may have been put in," said Lowes.

Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill said they hope their hard work has paid off.

"Hopefully, our desire is, that it will remove a large portion of the community from the flood plain and for those who stay in the flood plain we're hoping it will reduce the elevation they have to build to," said Gaskill.

"Anytime that a community or a county city does a major revision then we will incorporate that in the new maps," said Lowes.

Gaskill said there is property in Paragould that nobody can build on because of the flood plain.  He hopes these new maps will open up some property for development.

"This could be a big benefit to the consumers in Paragould who have flood insurance," said Gaskill.

He said this could also change who pays for flood insurance and how much they pay.  Since the folks with the county and the city are just now getting to see the maps and submit comments that could change them, things are still up in the air.

The deadline for the folks within the county to review the maps and submit their comments is February 24th.  Over the next few weeks those maps will be closely reviewed and compared with the existing map.

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