For Immediate Release
Date: February 19, 2015
The City of Savannah is currently soliciting feedback on the draft Floodplain Mitigation Plan. The Plan is part of an annual process undertaken by the City that reduces flood insurance premiums by 20% for Savannah homeowners, and aids the City’s ongoing floodplain and storm water management efforts.
To review the draft and leave comments, visit www.savannahga.gov/floodprotection. Residents can also review the draft Plan by contacting Tom McDonald at Development Services, 5515 Abercorn St, 912-651-6530. The City will be accepting comments until February 27, 2015.
The purpose of the Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan is to assess current flood hazard conditions, including historically flooded areas and the most critical repetitively flooded properties, and to develop appropriate mitigation strategies for the City to consider in reducing or eliminating future flood losses. Public meetings were held last summer to collect information from residents for use in the plan. Upon completion of the plan, the City of Savannah intends to continue its aggressive floodplain management efforts by evaluating, targeting and applying for Federal grant funds to assist in the implementation of future flood hazard mitigation projects.
Because of the City of Savannah’s participation in this process, FEMA will reduce flood insurance premiums by 20% for all property owners that live in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or the 100 year floodplain, 10% for owners outside the SFHA, and insured through the National Flood Insurance Program.