IG council addresses floodplain map

The Ida Grove City Council reviewed plans for updating the city’s floodplain map at its Jan. 6 meeting.

The city has been working with Iowa Flood Center, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to complete a revised floodplain study for the Maple River, Odebolt Creek and Badger Creek in the city limits.

Cody Forch of JEO Engineering presented a four-step task order agreement between the city and JEO for JEO to assist the city in completing the process of updating its floodplain map. The fee will not exceed $1,500 for task one and no more than $5,600 for tasks two through four.

As part of this process, the DNR recently released a draft digital floodplain map for review.

It is anticipated additional future steps in the final mapping process will include issuance of preliminary maps and documents, followed by a formal appeals period; a meeting between DNR, FEMA and the City of Ida Grove and a formal adoption period requiring the city to update its floodplain ordinance. Forch noted it will be about nine months before the process is completed.

It was noted the updated map would eliminate 99 properties from the floodplain and add in 36. The draft map is available for viewing on the Iowa DNR website at www.iowafloodmaps.org.

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