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FEMA officials review levee

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BENTON -- Area residents living south of Scott County's levees could have a lot riding on the Corps' levee inspection this summer.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials updated the Scott County Commission on the county's levee as it pertains to FEMA's flood plain maps during their regular meeting Tuesday.

Rick A. Nusz, hydraulic engineer with FEMA's Mitigation Division, said as part of FEMA's mapping, it has identified levees that are already accredited by collecting documentation.

Older levees, such as the one in Scott County, may not have that documentation available, however, so FEMA officials then came up with "Provisionally Accredited Levee."

The Provisionally Accredited Levee agreement for the county's levee is set to expire in April.

"That doesn't mean the FEMA will map the levee as not providing protection," Nusz said. It will include a PAL stamp "but it will be mapped as providing protection," he said.

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