New flood maps for county

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have planned an open house to present preliminary floodplain maps to Jefferson County residents.

The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Fairfield City Hall, and is open to the public.

The open house will provide property owners an opportunity to view the preliminary maps and learn how their flood risk may have changed. Representatives from FEMA and the Iowa DNR will be on hand to answer questions and address residents? concerns about the preliminary flood maps.

Flooding is the No. 1 natural disaster in the United States. It is vital that property owners understand their risk and take advantage of tools or programs available to them, including flood insurance. These preliminary maps may for the first provide a tool for communicating flood risk to property owners. The maps will become the basis for local community?s floodplain management measures. Insurance companies will use the maps to determine flood insurance rates for buildings and contents.

As a result of these map changes, some buildings throughout Jefferson County may, for the first time, be included in a high-risk flood zone, known as the Special Flood Hazard Area. This may result in those affected homeowners being required to purchase flood insurance.

Additional information is available at Fairfield City Hall. Residents with questions can contact the Iowa DNR at 515-725-8352 or