Antediluvian scare letter

Found in the mailbox today, it begins “How does your home measure up?” and ends as follows: “The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is managed by the Federal Emergency Manangement Agency (FEMA), a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). All claims and expenses are funded by insurance premiums, not tax dollars.” In between there’s text adjuring the reader to take a measure of “all you stand to lose in a flood. Place the tape measure below against a wall in your home and then look around to see what could be destroyed in a flood.” I feel so much better now.

Curious to learn more, though, I found the City’s website announcing new flood-plain maps expected to be available via the site sometime this March. There are a lot of links to Federal webpages now not there, but there’s much that is interesting indeed. I even learned new things from the links to the three watersheds most familiar to me: Blunn Creek, Harper’s Branch, and Country Club Creek. There’s even a way to find your closest watersheds.

So, if you receive one of these mailings, even if you live above it all where it may never flood again until the next time an ark must be built, feel free to be as annoyed as you want, but don’t forget to seek out those new flood-plain maps when they’re finally available.

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