Coffee Co. Looks to Update Maps

By: Mike Gurspan
By: Mike Gurspan

The state of Alabama will pump-in money to revise the flood insurance maps.

Twenty and 30-year-old flood plain maps are about to be updated in one Wiregrass county.

It’s been nearly 10-years since the third flood of the 1990's devastated Elba.

It claimed one life, and caused tens-of-million of dollars in damage.

Coffee County EMA Director John Tallas says the state will pump-in money to revise the flood insurance maps.

With a refurbished dam, and many new housing subdivisions, what was true in the 1970's and 80's may now be dated.

"It’s very, very important before they construct something, that they are not in a flood plain. The change in the watershed and numerous other factors makes that very iffy right now," says Tallas.

Tallas will supply the state with important satellite information to make the most comprehensive flood plain map ever put together for Coffee County.

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