Archive for Thursday, December 7, 2000

Residents find closure regarding FEMA maps

December 7, 2000

Most Eudora residents contesting new flood plain maps released this summer are pleased with new surveys.

In June, the council learned of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plans to revise flood plain maps for Eudora. In August, the council voted to pay for surveying houses along Bluestem and Sandusky Drive to determine actual elevation of homes. By surveying each house individually and determining the actual elevation, homeowners could contest their place on the map and be removed. Fourteen of 16 homeowners took advantage of the service, paid for by the Eudora City Council.

Of the 14, only one remained in the proposed revised flood plain. The home in question on Bluestem is owned by Joe and Debbie Stober. A subbasement floor falling below the base flood elevation by FEMA put the home in the flood plain, according to Lawrence-based surveying company Peridian Group.

Debbie Stober said she was appreciative the council paid for the survey, but felt the results were unrealistic. Now, the Stober family may have to buy flood insurance once the maps are adopted.

"Since every house in this two block radius, expect for our subbasement, is under the (base flood elevation) level, that just proves their maps are screwed," Stober said.

Janet Stewart is another Bluestem resident who also took advantage of the city`s service. Stewart said she was more than happy to take advantage of the free survey.

"Oh sure, because we`re not in it," she said. "What we got from the city said we were over. If anything good could have come out of it, this was the best thing that could come out of it."

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