FEMA Letter of Map Revisions to Be Complete for Halstad/Hendrum in Next Couple Months
Halstad, MN — Within the next couple of months, the cities of Halstad and Hendrum should officially be out of the 100 year floodplain. Road raises and levee work have been completed over the past couple of years and are now awaiting FEMA to officially sign off on the Letter of Map Revisions. The 90-day comment period will end in mid-February and as long as there are no major “bumps in the road,” according to Wild Rice Watershed District Director Kevin Ruud, the map revisions will take effect in mid-March. Not only will the residents of Halstad and Hendrum be protected but will no longer be required to purchase flood insurance. However, Ruud adds that there is still some additional road raises that will take place on County Road 147 in Halstad later this year.
Not all of Norman County is out of the water yet. Ruud says they are continuing the process of acquiring funding for the infrastructure improvements that are required to finish flood protection projects in Perley.
In addition to no longer being required to purchase flood insurance, the new letter of map revisions will make build requirements on new home construction less restrictive. New homes in Halstad and Hendrum will no longer be required to be built one foot higher than the 100 year flood plain elevation once the letter of map revisions are approved.