THAYER -- Thayer City Councilman Joe Barbee had his hopes brightened a little last week after he, the three other councilmen and police chief David Bailey met with Christy Ferrell, a representative from Sen. Clair McCaskill's office, concerning fixing the flood plain map for the Thayer community.
"She was persistant about getting the maps corrected," Barbee said. Barbee contends that a proper flood plain study has never been done in Thayer. "We need an in-depth study from the ground, not a plane fly-over, that's been done in the past," he said.
Barbee has spoken to Region 7 FEMA Map Director Bob Franke and Franke admitted that an approximated flood plain study was sometimes inaccurate.
"When we asked him why a land study could not be done Franke said it would be too expensive. The Corp of Engineers has money set aside for projects such as this (ground flood plain studies)," Barbee said.
Revised flood plain maps are supposed to be in Thayer around mid-December. "These maps that are coming are still way out of proportion. We have businesses and residents that can't sell their properties because they're in a flood plain. Residents and businesses over around the Wal-Mart area are in the flood plain. They have set the flood plain elevation way too high," Barbee said.
Farrell said she hoped the new ground study would be conducted in Thayer in the next year.
"She (Ferrell) seemed very positive about having the ground study completed in a year. When we get the new study, that will hopefully lower the flood plain elevation and we will at least have something to work with," Barbee said.