|New DeKalb study identifies flood risks|
DeKalb County homeowners are invited to review the county’s new floodplain study during two open houses scheduled this month.
Those who attend can learn if their property is in or near a floodplain and get a flood risk snapshot report for their property.
The floodplain study, accompanied by updated flood insurance rate maps, will be available at open houses scheduled Jan. 24, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur.
A second open house is scheduled Jan. 31, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker.
The same information will be presented at both meetings to gather public comments before the official federal regulatory flood maps are released in November.
“People may drop in and ask questions. It’s a come-and-go type of meeting,” said Brian Shoun, flood management supervisor for DeKalb County. “We will have flood risk calculations that we will print on site and other information they can take with them.”
The county’s study was conducted in partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“Our current maps are over 10 years old. We conducted the study because it was time to update them,” Shoun said. “The new digital maps are much easier to read and very detailed.”
Shoun said the new maps show that unincorporated DeKalb has about 5,200 homes in floodplains.
While there are no federally-regulated floodplains in the cities of Lithonia and Avondale, there are some floodplains in other DeKalb municipalities, he said.
The study includes the most current information regarding the countywide flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, mapping charts and a narrative report.
Information is available for unincorporated DeKalb, along with Atlanta in DeKalb, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, and Stone Mountain.