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City of Savannah needs public's help to update Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The City of Savannah is asking for the public's help in identifying flood hazards around the city.

City officials will hold three public meetings to gather the input.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday at the W.W. Law Community Center at 6 p.m. Officials are hoping both the city and homeowners will benefit from these informational meetings.

Not only will the city learn about problem areas they may not have been aware of and may be able to address, but it also helps homeowners qualify for lower flood insurance premiums.

The meetings are held every five years that, combined with annual updates to the city maps and plans, is all part of updating the Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan, a plan that helps the city address these hazards and apply for grants.

The plan needs to be updated every five years and allows homeowners to continue to qualify for a 20 percent reduction in flood insurance premiums.

"It rewards the citizens because they get discounts in flood insurance, but also it makes your community resilient because you're doing above and beyond what's required. Instead of just building a slab on grate, you're now building one, two, three feet off the ground," said Development Service Administrator Tom McDonald.

For more information on these meeting, please visit here.

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