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Flood Plain Area of Lee County Defined

On Tuesday, July 10, a meeting hosted jointly by Lee County, the Cities of Lexington and Giddings, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be held to inform the public about new flood insurance rate maps and flood insurance.

Lee County Judge Paul Fischer said, “This will be the best opportunity for people living in Lee County to see the new flood plain maps recently revised by FEMA. They have been working on this for the past three years and have finally compiled everything and put it on maps for the public to see. If you think you live in or have property in a flood plain, I want to encourage you to attend this meeting. Not only will you learn whether or not you live in a flood plain, but you’ll be able to buy flood insurance at a reduced rate, as rates are expected to increase substantially in the near future.”

The Lexington meeting will happen on at 7 p.m. at the Woodson Building. The Giddings meeting will be earlier in the day, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Giddings Public Library.

Judge Fischer said, “If you think you’re not in a flood plain and the map shows that you are, this will also be the best opportunity for you to speak up and learn what you can do to have the designation changed.”

Lexington has several properties identified as being in the flood plain. There is no mandate to buy flood insurance, but if a property owner opts out of buying it, when the government’s records show their property to be in the flood plain, if a flood occurs effecting that property, the property owner is on his own.

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