City of Summerset analyzes area for flood plain

SUMMERSET, S.D. — Summerset city leaders met Friday with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, regarding a new understanding of ground water and flood risk.

Officials continue to work to create an analysis of the area’s hydrology and hope to have a map completed next March.

For residents, this means that some homes may fall into the classification of a 100-year or 500-year flood plain.

Some homes might be required to have flood insurance. In addition, future developments might need a flood plain permit.

“The initial meeting with FEMA, Piedmont was involved as well, so what the plan is moving forward is each city, summerset and piedmont, wanted to address our own citizens in our own way,” said Summerset Mayor Melanie Torno. “After that, our plan is to have collaboration of meetings, were we can being in resources to present to all of the residents.”

Summerset leaders will continue to collaborate with other local governments to make sure that appropriate resources and flood evacuation plans are available.

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