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Residents could save money from flood map study

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Posted: Aug 17, 2012 5:34 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Aug 17, 2012 5:34 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: City of Central, flood maps, flooding, flood zone, city council, aaron moak, kathi cowen, jackson park, jackson place, crystal place, bridlewood, northwoods

CENTRAL - Some Central residents could see big savings on flood insurance from a flood zone study the city is considering.

Councilman Aaron Moak asked the city to fund a $35,000 study that could change flood zones in the Beaver Bayou area. Any changes could affect the 1,600 homes that lie between the Amite River and Beaver Bayou.

"What we're hoping to do is save the citizen's money," said Moak. "By performing this study, Central wants to spend $35,000 to potentially save $300,000."

Moak introduced the motion at last Tuesday's meeting, saying he believes the current flood elevations are wrong. The last time FEMA performed an evaluation on this area was 1982. After Katrina, FEMA ordered residents to purchase flood insurance, but didn't change any maps.

Kathi Cowen, a Central resident and former flood plain manager, spearheaded research on this project after looking into having her own property remapped.

"I started looking at the bigger picture, not just my own property, and thought about how the city of Central could get involved in this," she said.

If the study is approved and does change flood elevations, neighborhoods in the Bayou Beaver area could see a 5 to 10 percent decrease in their insurance premiums. Some may be removed from the flood zone altogether.

The Council will vote on whether to approve the funding on Aug. 28. People with questions and concerns can email them to aaronmoak@yahoo.com.

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