May 28 2008

Shelby Announces $4.1 Million for Alabama Flood Mapping Program

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $4,143,000 to the Alabama Office of Water Resources to improve Alabama’s flood mapping program by creating more reliable, easy-to-use and readily available digital maps. 

The Alabama Office of Water Resources Floodplain Mapping Program will produce Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) for the counties of Chambers, Cherokee, Choctaw, Clay, Coosa, Fayette, Franklin, Pickens, Russell, St. Clair, Sumter and Tallapoosa.

“The severe weather that Alabamians have recently experienced remind us all of how vulnerable our homes and businesses are to Mother Nature,” said Shelby. “It is critical that we have access to accurate information that helps homeowners and business owners properly asses the risk of flood loss to their structures. This funding will allow the Alabama Office of Water Resource Floodplain Mapping Program to create flood risk maps that more accurately reflect recent development and natural changes in Alabama’s environment.”

For more information regarding flood hazard mapping, DFIRMs or the Cooperating Technical Partner Initiative visit http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/ctp_main.shtm.