Local authorities joined other government officials this week in reviewing new data on areas in Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County that have the potential for flooding.
Hopkins County elected officials met with state and federal authorities Wednesday to discuss the results of a flood insurance study for the area, done in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency initiative to modernize flood insurance rate maps nationwide.
The officials convened after a month-long review of preliminary copies of the map and study.
The study develops flood-risk data for various areas of the community. That data will be used to establish flood insurance rates but also aid efforts to promote sound floodplain management, according to the study’s introduction. The data can also better prepare emergency officials for the possibility of creeks and streams overflowing.
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