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Iowa DNR Seeks to Update Floodplain Mapping

Posted on 18 May 2017 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—Boone City officials have learned that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will have a contractor conducting Field Surveys in the City of Boone through July.  The work in Boone will focus on updates for Honey Creek.  Scott Ralston is the Floodplain Mapping Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and notified officials with a letter this week.  In his letter, Ralston indicated the goal is to reduce the damage to property and the threat to human lives from flooding.  The IDNR has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to produce more accurate flood maps for the state, including within the City of Boone.  The work will be conducted to AECOM Technical Services, Inc.  To produce new and more accurate maps, field surveys will be necessary.

Ralston’s letter explains more:  From May through July 2017, AECOM survey crew will be in and around Boone, IA, and the field survey may be performed Monday through Sunday between the hours of 7 am and 8 pm.

While surveying, AECOM surveyors will make every effort to stay on public land and rights of way; however, it may be necessary from time to time for the surveyors to enter upon privately owned property for short periods of time to gather survey information. Should this occur in your area, an employee from AECOM will make every attempt possible to contact you in advance to seek permission. The surveyors will respect your property and will not interfere with your use of it. Upon request, the surveyors will identify themselves by driver’s license and this letter of introduction.

IDNR requests that the general public within the City of Boone allow AECOM proper and safe access to the areas that are included in the scope of work. This will allow us to perform more accurate engineering and floodplain mapping.  If you have any question, concerns, or comments, please feel free to contact me (515) 725-8321. Thank you for your cooperation.

Boone City Administrator Bill Skare says the remapping of Honey Creek is not being driven by the City of Boone, even though some council members have been critical of the previous floodplain maps generated by FEMA a few years ago.  Some residents discovered they were considered in a floodplain and faced the requirement of obtaining flood insurance.

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