LINCOLN – Federal flood insurance is at risk in Nemaha County.
The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources informed county commissioners in October that it has been a year since the state identified six properties that appear to be in violation of the county’s flood plain ordinance.
Chuck Chase of the DNR’s floodplain management section said paperwork showing floodplain development permits is seven months overdue, despite a Feb. 22 meeting where the state offered its assistance.
The county still has six weeks to turn in paperwork. If not, Ringland said it will be the first time in her tenure that a county’s violations have been turned over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
She said the county still has six weeks to turn in the paperwork.
Commissioner Marvin Bohling said the county wants to be in compliance so properties can be eligible for flood insurance and the county is eligible for federal disaster assistance.
He said the county may need to designate a flood plain manager.
Bohling: “In the past it’s been the board, or the chairman of the board, which is kind of the way it is now. We just didn’t have anything set in it. We really didn’t know what we had to do to be right honest with you.”
Although the six buildings appear to fall within the flood plain map, Bohling said a qualified surveyor needs to take actual elevations. He expects the county surveyor to be working on the properties this fall.
The properties in question include a chicken facility and a large agricultural storage building near Humboldt, an ag building near Peru, grain bins at Auburn and a barn and garage at Brock.