OTTAWA — The Village of Ottawa is in possession of new preliminary
flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Although
the maps are in the draft stage, if finalized, they could indicate
increased need locally for flood insurance or changes in current flood
"The biggest change is that they did away with the "B" zones, changing them into "A" zones," explained Ottawa Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips at the June 11 meeting of the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Coalition.
Flood zones are geographic areas that FEMA has defined according to varying levels of flood risk and type of flooding.
"A" zones are high risk areas subject to inundation by the
one-percent-annual-chance flood event. An additional letter (see draft
of composite map) indicates depth of water. "B" zones are areas of
moderate to minimal risk. On previous local flood maps, the "B" zone indicated the 500 year flood plain.
to Phillips, FEMA will hold a series of advertised public meetings
about the maps before they are finalized, although no meetings have been
scheduled at this time.
The maps are currently posted in the
Ottawa municipal building and are also located in the Putnam County
Commissioners Office, according to Commissioner John Love.