Chesterton Tribune

County residents get first look at new flood risk maps

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In a joint effort by the Indiana DNR and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, residents of Porter County were able to attend a flood risk open house Wednesday evening.

The purpose of the open house was to release and explain FEMA’s updated flood risk maps for the area.

Darrin Miller, a hydraulic engineer for the DNR, said it was the first update to the maps since 1982 and it could help people protect themselves by taking proper precautions and getting the proper insurance.

Residents who were unable to attend the open house can still access the flood maps to see if their property is at risk at www.floodmaps.in.gov

Miller said residents can also feel free to contact him through e-mail at dmiller@dnr.IN.gov with further questions or if they believe the maps have inaccuracies.

Any residents who had their property change to high-risk were already contacted by the DNR through a mailed brochure and were invited to the open house, Miller said.

Pine Township resident Dennis Conklin said he attended the open house expecting to see his property, which is close to the Little Calumet River, in a high-risk area and was surprised it wasn’t and that he wasn’t recommended to have flood insurance.

“I just came because we wanted some information,” Conklin said. “We have had some flooding around 1300 N and 450 E and I wanted to see if anything was being done to address the situation.”

He said he is going to suggest FEMA and the Porter County flood assessment projects work together to insure they have accurate information.

 

 

Posted 11/3/2011