Floodplain update impacts homeowners

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Lafayette County officials and several residents discussed concerns over FEMA floodplain mapping with Congressman Alan Nunnelee on Wednesday.
Supervisor Chad McLarty asked for the meeting after Taylor residents complained that their houses were included in a floodplain map in 2010, after Lafayette County joined the flood insurance program. Those with mortgages could be forced to buy flood insurance, and those without mortgages could be impacted if they sell their property.
“FEMA and MEMA are great assets to Lafayette County and the Town of Taylor, but I believe they’ve got it wrong on these maps,” McLarty said. “It affects not just the homeowners but the county, because it lowers property values.”
Some residents said flood insurance had become required in areas that hadn’t flooded in at least 70 years, and one said his insurance costs increased almost 800 percent.
Nunnelee said, “I’m going to write to FEMA and request that they come out and redo the work and prove that they’re right.”