A Public Service Announcement from Councilman Mike Smola

Thu, 10/25/2007 - 1:26pm
By: Mike Smola

Flood Risk Information Open House

Fayette County in partnership with Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have completed an enhanced Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Fayette County including the cities of Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Brooks, Tyrone, Woolsey. This FIS includes elevation profiles; charts and a narrative report of local flooding to be used by permit officials for development in the floodplain.

The enhanced FIS and its preliminary DFIRM will be presented during an Open House for the Public, to be held on Monday, November 5, 2007 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Fayette County Administration Complex (Commissioners Chambers) located at 140 Stonewall Avenue West in Fayetteville, GA. During the Open House, representatives from local government, DNR, and FEMA will provide the most current information regarding Fayette’s flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, floodplain mapping, and timeline for DFIRM adoption. The enhanced countrywide floodplain maps will be displayed.

Property owners, individuals living in or near the 100-year floodplain, realtors, lenders, and insurance agents may find this Open House particularly informative. All interested persons are welcome.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sat, 10/27/2007 - 8:43am.

I have just wound up a year long nightmare with FEMA. On refinancing my house I found they had me in the middle of a flood plain rated so bad, to get my house refinaced I had to pay over $3000.00 a year. I didn't make a mistake with the zero. Three thousand dollars flood insurance, MANDATORY, on a $250,000.00 dollar house! It seems they use old maps that were made in some cases 40 years ago! All this digatizing is just that, digatizing of old maps. They showed a creek running right through the middle of my house! I talked to one of the head guys at the army core of engineers in Savannah. He told me the map for my area in Fayette county had been done is the 60s. That it was updated with a ...fly over...in the 80s. He said they knew the maps were wrong but they only had a certain amount of money to redo some of the maps and that he knew some people got the shaft. It seems that a good bit of Fayette county has been re surveyed in 96, my area wasn't. I relayed this and the sent all the maps and statements to FEMA saying that this area hadn't been updated since the 60s and that I'd never buy a house with a creek in the middle of it.
What happened? They insisted the creek was there. I live on a hill! I told them I would gladly come to Atlanta and drive them to my place and show them there was no creek in, or close to my house! The answer was no, that would set a precedent, they couldn't possibly do that, then they would have to come to every other person's house and look! They were gonna go by their 60's new and improved digatized maps! I HAD TO PAY A SURVEYOR TO COME OUT HERE 3 different times, as they kept asking for more info. It has taken me one year to prove to them there is no creek running through the middle of my house!

SMOLA, I have no doubt they have acredited you to save us all in case of an emergency, they are just the stupid!

Submitted by susieq on Sat, 10/27/2007 - 9:33am.

How old is your house? It is my understanding that the county will not issue permit for house to be built on flood plain. Flood plain can run across property, but house cannot be built directly on it.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sat, 10/27/2007 - 11:13am.

that should have been their 1st tip off that I wasn't in the middle of a flood plain, much less had a creek running in the middle of my house. They blame it on the locals, that they don't keep them up to date. If we lived in Boreo and their closest office was Atlanta, I might buy that, but all they had to do was get off their butts and come see. Because of this sort of pencil pushing idea, there ..is..a house in my neighborhood that was in the flood plain and was removed. You see there is a pond/lake about 2 blocks...down hill from me. This house is sitting on the other side and ...below..the water level of the pond/lake because of the damm the road runs over. Because FEMA won't come see the property, the people in the house used that to their advantage. When they had a survey, they used the water level of a creek ..in back...of their house against the level of their house, never addressing the lake. FEMA bought into it. Now this house, directly across the road from the lake, behind the dam, is out of the flood plain. Anyone driving down the road on top of the dam can see this house is below the normal water level of the pond/lake. This is how smart FEMA is.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Sat, 10/27/2007 - 10:04am.

96 ish

Submitted by VanGogh on Fri, 10/26/2007 - 10:59am.

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i think i'll pass - flood insurance is a joke and so is fema, as well as, well, you, Smola.

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