Columbia County government is hosting an open house Wednesday in Grovetown for the public to view updated flood hazard maps.
Flood risks throughout the county have changed due to erosion, land use and other factors, and some of the maps haven’t been updated in 30 years, according to county spokeswoman Cassidy Harris.
The maps, used to determine whether a homeowner is required to carry flood insurance, “are the most detailed, accurate flood maps ever created for this area,” Harris said.
The maps show almost 700 properties mapped into a different risk area than before, with most being moved into a lower risk zone, she said. About 80 – including along areas of change such as the Crawford Creek, Walton Branch and Uchee Creek watersheds – are drawn into higher risk zones in the draft maps.
A 90-day comment period will follow the open house before the maps are finalized and new insurance requirements go into effect.
For more information contact Columbia County Environmental Services at 706-312-7247. To view the maps online go to www.georgiadfirm.com.