(TNS) – The full scope of a project aimed to prevent roughly 200 Highland properties from being included in a flood map was presented to the city council this week.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) periodically updates its flood maps to take into account new developments, changes in topography, etc., and how those changes may put surrounding areas at a greater risk for flooding.
In 2017, Highland officials began studying potential problem areas when on preliminary flood maps FEMA released to replace those created in 1986.
Those drafts tripled the 1986 floodplains, increasing the number of “high-risk” parcels from 135 to 365 and showed flood elevation upstream of the CSX railroad of about 6 and a half feet, adding roughly 100 acres to the floodplain.
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