7 Alabama counties due flood mapping funds

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mobile and Baldwin counties are among seven Alabama counties to benefit from some $5.8 million in federal money for flood map modernization.

Officials say the grant will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and be routed through the state's floodplain mapping program, based at the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, or ADECA.

ADECA spokesman Jim Plott says the amount represents a decrease from last year, when the state received $6.9 million. The other eligible Alabama counties are Elmore, Madison, Montgomery, Shelby and Tuscaloosa.

After Hurricane Katrina, FEMA invested heavily on flood map updates for Louisiana and Mississippi. But the agency has not mounted a similar effort in Alabama mapping.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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