Residents get first look at proposed changes to flood risk maps

Residents get first look at proposed changes to flood risk maps

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Harrison and Jackson County residents got their first look at possible changes to flood risk maps on Tuesday.

A plan to update and revise the flood zones has been underway for several years. During Tuesday's open house, teams from FEMA, MEMA and MDEQ outlined the proposed changes.

The most significant area impacted is near the Three Rivers Road and Dedeaux Road intersection in Gulfport. That intersection will be added to the flood risk area.

"We're just making sure that the scientists go in and do everything correctly and then articulate that to the general public, to ensure that those people who might be in a zone a flood zone that first and foremost they're aware of it and the actions they need to take," said MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson.

The flood risk maps are still up for consideration. If approved the plans would got into effect next year.

An additional meeting to explain updated flood maps in Hancock County will be held Wednesday from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Hancock County EOC on Highway 603 in Kiln.

You can find more information on the Coastal flood risk mapping project by following this link:

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