Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28Lake Anna Life & Times Fall 20 16 18 did you know? LAKE ANNA HISTORY , TRIVIA & NEWS Ever since the Federal Emergency Man- agement Agency (FEMA) contacted Lou- isa County and told officials its current floodplain ordinance is unacceptable and if unchanged would precipitate a cut-off of federal insurance funding in the case of a disaster, Louisa County Supervi- sors and administrative staff have been hard at work attempting to decipher an ordinance that meets the federal require- ments and adequately serves citizens. FEMA has communicated to Louisa of- ficials the intention to cut off subsidized flood insurance for Louisa County by October 28 unless a new ordinance is passed containing federally approved language. Louisa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Troy Wade told L&T that Lou- isa was not happy with the FEMA flood- plain requirements: “Citing concerns with restrictions and federal regulation, the Board of Supervisors elected to repeal the now-former floodplain ordinance. At a special meeting on October 26, the Board will hold a public hearing to con- sider a revised version. That version is online at, and the Board invites public input on the issue. Citizen interest and involvement in the role of County government is welcome and ben- eficial.” On October 6, the LCBS, along with the Community Development department drafted a new floodplain ordinance. This new draft carefully defines the floodplain - an area of the County that has a one percent chance of flooding in any year. Also in the new draft is the exclusion of a small section of Lake Anna that was formerly in the floodplain. The LCBS rea- soned that since Dominion controls the water levels on the lake so flooding would not be possible. The area around Blue Ridge Shores (Lake Louisa) are also excluded in the new ordinance. Both of these sections of the County ac- count for most of the approximately 60% of home or property owners with flood in- surance. The proposed new floodplain ordinance was crafted with the help of local attorney and developer Charles Purcell and ad- Louisa County Ponders Floodplain Distinctions And FEMA Insurance Regs BY C.C. MCCOTTER dresses the concerns of many citizens that the FEMA language usurped land- owner rights. Citizens were concerned that language in the FEMA version would prohibit many land uses in areas considered in the flood- plain including building fences, timbering, logging and commercial development. Existing FEMA maps were unclear where the floodplain begins and ends, compounding concerns. If FEMA cuts off subsidized flood in- surance property owners would have to purchase more expensive policies under- written by private providers or ask FEMA for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) that removes their property from a flood- plain. The Lake Anna dam backs up over 17 miles of water and 225 miles of shoreline. LKA