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Revised maps available

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thayer Street Department employees Kenny Hedden, Darrell Phipps and Terry Flynn spent a portion of their day Jan. 5. cleaning leaves out of ditches around the city.Photo by Jan Thompson
THAYER -- Thayer Alderman Joe Barbee announced last week that the revised Flood Plain Maps for the city of Thayer are now at Thayer City Hall.

He said the maps became official Dec. 16.

"Anyone that would like to look at the new maps may do so at city hall during normal business hours," Barbee said.

Barbee is not happy with the changes in the new maps which were revised by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "We have been working on this for three years and we are still not where we should be," he said.

"The flood plain was reduced somewhat, but the business district and the residents east of Highway 63, as well as downtown Thayer, are still in the flood plain which means more work needs to be done," the Barbee said.

A mapping fact sheet from FEMA said the maps were "revised using the latest technologies and the most current data so residents, homeowners and community officials may understand the local flood risk and keep people and property safe from floods."

The mapping sheet showed that Zone A of the Warm Fork River has been reduced from the confluence of Helms Hollow, downstream to the southern most edge and that a portion of Two Mile Creek has been reduced from the old U.S. Route 63 Bridge, near Maple Street downstream.

There are several reasons why many Thayer residents want the flood plain maps revised yet again.

"People cannot mortgage their property without getting flood plain insurance which is very expensive. In many cases, people can't sell their property because they don't have flood plain insurance and many people in our area just can't afford it," Barbee said.

If local residents do not understand the revised map, or if they need to know if their property is still in the flood plain, Thayer residents can call 800-447-1772. A FEMA representative will ask for the local flood plain map number and they can tell the resident if their property is in the flood plain.

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