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Council to consider new flood elevations
Changes to have Dramatic Impact on City

From: City of Biloxi - Vincent Creel   GCN Filed 4/13/06

The City Council will meet Tuesday at 9 a.m. to discuss the proposed new flood elevations, which will have a dramatic impact on new construction in the city. The council may vote on the new measure at their 1:30 meeting Tuesday afternoon,

The new elevations will mean that new homes would have to be elevated anywhere from 3 feet to more than 20 feet above the ground, depending on their location.

Mayor A.J. Holloway, who originally proposed that the city enact the FEMA elevations nearly two months ago, has noted that residents would not qualify for state-administered homeowner grants unless the new guidelines were followed.

Also, he added, failure to enact the new elevations would jeopardize the city’s membership in the National Flood Insurance Program, which has saved Biloxians hundreds of dollars in reduced flood insurance rates over the past several years.

The city plans to mail easy-to-read flood elevation maps in the next several weeks, but meantime you can see FEMA’s maps by clicking here.

To see the complete agendas and available resolutions for Tuesday’s City Council meetings, click here.

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