Among other things, residents who attended the open house in
Lamm said the open houses are being held in areas in the state where mapping studies are being finished so residents can be informed and ask questions.
Part of what the flood insurance rate map shows is the one percent annual chances, or the one percent of area flooding in any given year, he said.
"A lot of people have heard in the past of it referred to as a 100-year flood, but we try to get away from that," Lucas said. "If you think about it, if flooding happened last year in October, a 100-year flood might indicate that it might not happen again for another 99 or 100 years, but Mother Nature doesn't read flood maps. Rains could come, something could happen where you could have that type of event next year or the year after."
Aiken County Planning Director
Another direct result of the extensive rainfall the state received last fall, Lamm said, is that people also "really paid attention" to Tropical Storm Hermine, which recently came through the state.
"Being flood aware is a very good thing to be," Lamm said, adding people should know things like evacuation routes and level of risk. "The October flood event that was so extensive, it really helped to bring this to the forefront."
The event caused heavy flooding mainly on the
Lamm said every county in the state has flood plains and has a risk of flooding. In terms of measuring risk, she said S.C.
She said someone is at a high risk if they are actually in the flood plain or right adjacent to it, a moderate risk and as they move a little further and further than that, is at a lower risk.
"We do a low, middle or high instead of an in or out because an in or out doesn't really relay your level or risk, because you could be sitting just outside of it and you get a big enough rainfall event and you can be completely devastated by a flood," Lamm added. "That line drawn on that map doesn't mean the water is going to stop there. It can go beyond that."
Lucas said those who live in a special flood hazard area and have a federally backed mortgage, are required by law to carry flood insurance.
Flood insurance is available to anyone who lives in a municipality or county government participating in the National Flood Insurance Program. Anyone can purchase it but how much they pay can differ for those who live in the special food hazard area, according to Lamm.
Lamm estimates that the map should be effective around next August or September.
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