Public Meeting Held About Windsor Landing Neighborhood

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- A public meeting is being held Monday night for residents living in one north Jonesboro neighborhood that had a severe flooding situation last fall.

Mow Public Works Director Erick Woodruff tells Region 8 News that the city has submitted plans with FEMA to get the area zoned.

"The purpose of the meeting is to allow the residents to ask questions, but mainly be informed as to what the process is with the city submitting these plans," said Erick Woodruff.

The plans ask for the area to be zoned as zone "A".  According to FEMA that means the area has a 1% chance a year to flood or a 26 % chance to flood for the life of a 30 year mortgage.

Residents say the problem is a ditch that runs right through the middle of Britton Drive.  Jimmy Mitchell has lived in his house on Britton Drive for four years and said he has never had a problem with flooding until this past September.

"Either the ditch needs to be bigger or the drain pipe that runs through this street needs to be bigger. This side flows out and this side doesn't have any in it.  It floods those people down there," said Jimmy Mitchell.

If this request is approved by FEMA and the area is zoned as zone "A" some changes will happen.

"If you have a mortgage on your home your mortgage company will mandate that you carry flood insurance," said Woodruff.

Woodruff said if the area is zoned as "A" the cost of flood insurance should be substantially lower than what a normal flood zone area would be.  While making the Windsor Landing area a flood zone would be helpful for some looking to buy a house because they know of the flooding risk, it doesn't help those already living there.

"I think it's going to hurt property values.  I never would have moved out here if I had.  Eventually it's going to get back to my house," said Mitchell.

In fact some residents in Windsor Landing are already looking to get out.