New preliminary flood maps list all of downtown Jacksonville as flood area


TAFT COMMUNITY CENTER. FEMA IS CONDUCTING ITS FIRST STUDY SINCE 1980 OF OUR COAST’S FLOODING RISK. THE RESULTS PRODUCED NEW FLOOD MAPS FOR MUCH OF OUR VIEWING AREA. JACKSONVILLE SAW A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE.. WITH ALL OF DOWNTOWN PRELIMINARY FLOOD MAPS FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE COUNTY WILL HOLD PUBLIC INFO SESSIONS IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS FOR HOMEOWNERS TO DETERMINE THEIR NEW RISK OF FLOODING. “IT’S SOMETHING EVERYONE SHOULD AT LEAST LOOK AT AND SEE IF IT AFFECTS THEM OR NOT.” KING SAYS ONSLOW COUNTY…SPECIFICALLY JACKSONVILLE IS AFFECTED THE MOST BY THE CHANGING MAPS. NEW FLOOD MAPS CREATED BY FEMA…USING AERIAL DATA…ADD 866 STRUCTURES IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA…MANY OF THEM ALONG COURT STREET…TO A FLOOD ZONE. JACKSONVILLE CITY OFFICIALS CLAIMED IN AUGUST THAT THE DATA WASN’T COMPLETELY ACCURATE. AND BEGAN CONTESTING THE MAPS. “WE ARE STILL WORKING ON WHAT APPEALS WE WILL SUBMIT TO THE STATE BASED ON THE PRELIMINARY WHAT APPEALS WE WILL SUBMIT TO THE STATE BASED ON THE PRELIMINARY FLOOD MAPS.” FOR THE PREEXISTING 566 STRUCTURES IN THE OLD FLOOD ZONE…THESE NEW CHANGES IN THEIR ELEVATION WILL INCREASE HOMEOWNERS FLOOD INSURANCE PREMIUMS. THE FIRST PUBLIC INFO MEETING WILL BE HELD ON JANUARY 25TH FROM TWO TO FOUR P-M AT THE ONSLOW COUNTY GOVERNMENT COMPLEX. THE SECOND MEETING WILL BE HELD THE SAME DAY FROM SIX TO EIGHT IN THE SNEAD’S FERRY COMMUNITY CENTER. IN ONSLOW COUNTY ELIZABETH TEW NINE ON YOUR SIDE. AS SOON AS FEMA SETS A DEADLINE…THE COUNTY WILL HAVE 90 DAYS TO APPEAL PARTS OF THE NEW MAPS. OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL MOST LIKELY FILE AN APPEAL.

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