ATLANTA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that a grant of more than $2.7 million will be awarded to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in support of its floodplain mapping program.
FEMA will provide $2,784,000 in federal funds toward projects to improve existing flood insurance rate maps and flood risk data, which will strengthen local communities’ ability to understand and communicate their flood risk and make informed decisions about flood risk reduction.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will develop and support production of updated flood risk data for several watersheds throughout the state including the Upper Chattahoochee Watershed that includes portions of Dawson, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin and White Counties; the Etowah Watershed that includes portions of Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Dawson, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Lumpkin, Paulding, Pickens and Polk counties; the Appalachicola Watershed that includes portions of Decatur County; and the Upper Suwannee Watershed that includes portions of Charlton, Clinch, Echols and Ware counties. Funding will also be used for the development of coastal flood risk data for portions of Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties.
Flood maps and flood risk data are being updated for communities across the country with the ultimate goal of protecting property owners and the community from the risks associated with flooding. This is a collaborative process, during which FEMA works closely with states and local communities to incorporate the latest and most accurate information into flood risk products.
Flood risks can change over time due to factors such as construction and development, environmental changes, floodplain widening or shifting, and other natural or manmade changes—which is why it’s important that flood maps and flood risk data are updated periodically to reflect these changes. Additionally, the information developed for these projects will be more precise because the latest science available is applied in gathering flood risk data and creating flood maps.
Updated flood maps and flood risk data will ultimately assist local area governments in planning for future development and rebuilding efforts.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.