State law, FEMA rules diverge on flood mitigation ordinance

by Clay Chandler

Published: September 11,2011

Tags: Flood Mitigation Ordinance

An opinion issued last month by Attorney General Jim Hood reveals a discrepancy between state law and regulations set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding the application of the Flood Mitigation Ordinance that is a big part of the National Flood Insurance Program.

Hood’s opinion, issued Aug. 17, says there is a provision in Mississippi law that allows for hunting and fishing camps to be exempt from flood mitigation ordinances adopted by individual counties. Those ordinances govern everything from the height of structures that sit in flood plains, to what type of flood insurance they’re required…

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