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July 18, 2012

Flood insurance community meeting set Aug. 2 in Florence

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources Flood Mitigation Program will conduct the Preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map Community Coordination Meeting, as part of the South Carolina Mapping Initiative, Risk MAP, for Florence County and its municipalities’ local officials at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Florence County Library, 509 S. Dargan St. in Florence.

The flood insurance information meeting will be followed by an open house, scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the same location. The open house allows citizens to determine their level of flood risk and what changes, if any, may apply under the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps, meet with insurance specialists and local officials.

The vision for Risk MAP is to deliver quality data that increases public awareness and leads to action that reduces risk to life and property. Risk MAP builds on flood hazard data and maps produced during the Flood Map Modernization program implemented by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to update the nation’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps on a countywide basis. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and local governments are working together to successfully accomplish the goals of Risk MAP, which is to address gaps in flood hazard data, to promote public awareness and understanding of risks, as well as to plan, lead, and support communities to effectively engage in risk-based mitigation planning.

The community coordination meeting will serve to educate local officials on the Post Preliminary Phase of the Mapping Initiative and their responsibilities in its implementation within their jurisdiction. The Post Preliminary Phase includes the Compliance Period in which localities will be required to review their recently updated flood insurance studies and update their current local flood damage prevention ordinance.

Visit the DNR Flood Mitigation website for more information on the South Carolina Mapping Initiative and Risk MAP in South Carolina: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/water/flood/floodmaps.html or contact the Flood Mitigation Program in West Columbia at (803) 755-9312.

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