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Lee officials want FEMA flood map reviewed

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  When many Lee County neighborhoods were under water recently, Jason Wiseman's Groover Park neighborhood fared better than others.

"All of the drainage systems here seem to be working properly, we only have a little water back up in our yard when it rains really hard," he said.

But under FEMA's new flood maps, 80 homes in his neighborhood have been included in the 'Zone A' map. Engineers say more study needs to be done in the area to see if homes are in danger. 

"Without a base flood elevation you're kind of limited in knowing how high you have to build up any new structures you're going to put in," said Engineer Bob Alexander.

They want the county to hire an engineering firm to go back and look at the Groover Park neighborhood, an area along the bypass, and an area off of Livingston Road near Smithville considered to qualify for a 'Zone A' designation.

"By doing this study we'll be able to determine what the base flood elevation is in some areas it will be more detailed and help the existing citizens that have houses in the areas," said  Alexander.

Letting existing home owners know when they might be in danger. Neighbors say while they don't like the thought of their insurance going up, they'd like more information.

"I wouldn't necessarily want to be included in the flood zone, but I would want them to take the precautions to make sure that we won't have flooding problems if we have a large volume of water," said Wiseman.

Engineers say with the county's recent extreme weather conditions, having the information would be beneficial.

Lee County Commissioners will meet Thursday night to discuss the proposal.

  • Click HERE for access to FEMA flood maps 
  • call 229-759-6000 to talk with county engineers

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