Changes to James Island flood ordinances up for second reading

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JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – The Town of James Island is one of the 20,000 communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program, managed by FEMA.

The program makes federal flood insurance available for residents and businesses in flood risk areas.

“Local governments, counties, and municipalities that want to participate in the national flood insurance program have to meet certain minimum requirements in their flood ordinances,” said Mayor Bill Woosley.

For the most part, James Island does meet requirements, but there were two things that were requested added to the current ordinances.

“We’re specifying the date of the maps which are actually 2004. Within a year, we’ll probably have to change that again because new maps are coming in. The other element is there’s a requirement that we say that new construction will be safe from flooding,” said Woolsey.

That’s not to say that construction application areas aren’t reviewed for safety already.

“The applications are reviewed for meeting the requirements that are aimed at protecting homes from flooding, it’s just that nothing in the ordinance specifically says that,” Woolsey said.

These changes are necessary for the Town of James Island to remain in the Flood Insurance Program.

The mayor says he expects the second reading to pass with no problem.

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