Officials from Brown County, Brownwood and Early will each attend an informational meeting regarding the recently released changes to the floodplain maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Association.
In April, FEMA announced the release of the newly designed floodplain maps effecting Bangs, Blanket, Brownwood, Early and all unincorporated areas in Brown County and officials from Brownwood, Early and Brown County will be on hand to explain the changes.
According to the press release issued by FEMA in April, Most homeowner insurance policies do not cover the effects of flooding. Anyone without flood insurance runs the risk of uninsured losses to their homes, personal property and businesses. Flood insurance is available either through a private policy, or through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is a voluntary program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Residents with federal mortgages must have flood insurance if the structures are in flood hazard areas. Flooding is the top natural disaster in the U.S. and only flood insurance covers these unexpected, damaging and sometimes fatal event.
While flooding has been a major concern for Brownwood in the past few years, Early Assistant Administrator Larry McConn said that is not the case for Early, which thanks to its higher elevation managed to avoid floods that plagued the area a few years ago. McConn said Early’s role in Monday’s informational session will be much less than Brownwood, which he said has a much larger floodplain than Early.
We don’t have anything really involved in what they’re doing. Brownwood has a whole lot more flood plain than we do,” McConn said. “Our section is only from the La Botana area back to the bayou is all the flood plain that effects businesses and there is a little bit skirting the town on the south side. I think they are having a meeting that will explain to their citizens what they’re doing. FEMA sets all of that and they sent us a new map. Are there significant changes? No, even a couple of years ago, when we had the flood, we never had water much higher than Humphrey Pete’s back door. As bad as it was on that side of the bayou, it never progressed over this way.”
Those living in potential floodplain areas are encouraged to attend Monday’s meeting, which will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. inside the Adams Street Community Center.