FEMA maps

Some Carthage residents find their properties are now included in a flood plain. The classification means they might have to buy flood insurance, particularly if they choose to sell their properties.

Mayor Jim Nightingale says the the city is questioning whether all 60 of those properties are really in danger of flooding.

He says, “There's a few, possibly, could be removed out of it (the flood plain) and save on their insurance. So that's what we're trying to do is help some of the people.”

The newest flood map from the Federal Emergency Management Agency expands the flood plain in Carthage. FEMA has been taking advantage of satellite photography and GIS technology to update its flood maps.

Mayor Jim Nightingale said some residents will be surprised by the results.

He said,  “There's a lot of questions on this, you know.   It's a big part of the center of the city and I think there's people that didn't think they were in a flood plain, which they are.”