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Council addresses changes to flood plain map

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator, points out the newly designated flood plain area in Sikeston to Jim Bucher and others who attended Monday's public hearing with the Sikeston City Council.
(Photo by Jill Bock, Staff)
jillb@standard-democrat.com

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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