Lexington County seeks public input on flood hazards

Have property in Lexington County? Does it sometimes flood? Then officials want to hear from you.

Lexington County officials announced Monday they are seeking help from the public to identify areas within the county that historically flood as they seek to develop a new comprehensive Floodplain Management Plan.

A public-input meeting has been scheduled for January 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town of Lexington Municipal Complex, located at 111 Maiden Lane in Lexington.

Officials said development of the Floodplain Management Plan will benefit the county’s goal of reducing flood-insurance premiums for homeowners and businesses in the unincorporated areas of Lexington County, and aid in ongoing floodplain and stormwater management efforts.

The purpose of the meeting is to share information related to the development of the Floodplain Management Plan as well as to gain input from residents, business owners, and other stakeholders on current flood problems and possible mitigation solutions.

The information gained from these meetings will supplement the technical data and studies generated throughout the planning process, officials said.

The purpose of the flood plan is to assess current flood hazard conditions, including historically flooded areas and the most critical, repetitively flooded properties, and to develop appropriate mitigation strategies for the county to consider in reducing or eliminating future flood losses like those experienced in the devastation left behind in the historic floods of October 2015.

Officials said the final Floodplain Management Plan will take approximately one year to complete, and will be submitted for adoption by the County Council.