(Photo by Jill Bock, Staff)
SIKESTON - Without any change in elevation, apparently part of Sikeston has dropped into the floodplain.
At a public hearing prior to a special City Council meeting Monday, Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator, said the city received notification in February about a change in its Flood Insurance Rate Map.
According to Hardy, the north central part of Sikeston, primarily an area he described as from Applegate/Anderson streets north to Salcedo along the First Street ditch, Kennedy and Salcedo and from the north half of Fairfield west to North Main Street, was changed to Zone A from Zone B, medium flood plain. The Zone A declaration states the area has a 1 percent chance of flooding due to overtopping or breaching a levee to a 26 percent chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage and would limit development except through the issuance of a floodplain development permit.
He explained the change in the designation was apparently made following a flyover of the city by a airplane, which had the ability to map topography.
"My question to FEMA is how did you come to this conclusion?" asked Hardy. "Our contention is this is just plain wrong."
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