Alcorn flood zone plan moves forward

CORINTH – Alcorn County should be able to meeting its extended deadline of Nov. 28 to correct problems with its flood management plan, the county engineer told the Board of Supervisors on Monday.
“The flood zone maps are completed, and we ended up with about 99 of them,” said Ricky Newcomb of Newcomb Engineering. “Our next step is to verify structures built in the flood zone since 2002.”
A state inspector from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency noted in March several areas where the county has not followed the flood management plan it committed to in August 2002.
In late August the state presented the county with new flood maps that must be adopted within six months. In addition to implementing the new maps, the county must establish a system for prospective builders to obtain necessary clearance to qualify for flood insurance.
Newcomb, Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens and Tax Assessor Kenneth Brawner are working together to get procedures in place.
The county is in its second 90-day extension from the original July 11 deadline to complete the project, and Newcomb feels confident about the new time frame.
“We have to go out in the field to verify some structures, but we’re 70 to 75 percent complete now,” he said.

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