Lowndes Co. updates flood maps: Here’s what you need to know
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - Lowndes County flood maps have been updated and now, you can check if your home or business is in a flood risk area.
Due to erosion, land use and environmental conditions, flood risks have changed in different areas.
The new maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps, show current flooding risks, replacing maps based on outdated studies.
The maps include Dasher, Hahira, Lake Park, Remerton and Valdosta.
The project was a team effort involving the Georgia Environmental Protection Division under Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Lowndes County and the community.
“The first step in reducing potential flooding is for all Lowndes County residents, whether it is private property or businesses, to know their flood risks and that’s why these maps are super important,” Meghan Barwick, county spokesperson, said.
These maps can also help residents decide how to reduce the risk of damage and loss due to flooding.
The changes may affect the requirement for flood insurance.
Owners of properties mapped into a high-risk area may be required to carry flood insurance as part of their mortgage agreement.
These are preliminary maps and will undergo several months of review and comment period before they become effective.
To view the preliminary maps and learn how to participate in the virtual flood risk open house, click here.
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