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Craighead Co. mayors discuss flood maps with FEMA

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A week following the historic flooding in Craighead County, officials meet to look at new flood maps provided by FEMA.

Craighead County mayors, along with the county judge and emergency management director, met Wednesday in Jonesboro to discuss FEMA's flood map program.

These maps have been in the works for several years.

This meeting was planned before lasts weeks weather, but John Bourdeau, project manager for FEMA’s flood mapping program, said this meeting shows progress is being made.

“We want to also inform the county and the mayors that the project is ongoing,” Bourdeau said. “We've got another year, we've got more funding.”

The maps are just draft right now, but once finalized, each will be used for the national flood insurance program.

“It would potentially affect flood insurance if folks were mapped in or mapped out of the flood plains depending which way the maps go,” Bourdeau said.

He added that he sees the maps changing to expand in some areas but also shrinking in other flood plain areas.

Bourdeau said it will take another 2 and half years to finalize these plans.

He said they will have another meeting next year to discuss the progress. 

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