US: Village Engineer Bill Riebe released a copy of Wellington's proposed floodplain map, which village officials sent this spring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for consideration. To what extent the village's data will be incorporated into FEMA's revised map, due out in June, remains to be seen.
Wellington spent $87,500 this winter on aerial mapping technology to challenge FEMA's originally proposed map. Wellington officials said FEMA's map was based on 15-year-old data, so it didn't factor in the village's growth or data collected from heavy rainfall events, such as Tropical Storm Isaac.
In providing the maps for comparison, Riebe cautioned that Wellington's data has not been approved by FEMA, although the agency has accepted the village's findings for consideration. Riebe also told village council members last week that if FEMA accepts Wellington's updated information, it could mean "huge savings" on flood insurance for Wellington property owners.