The city will hire an expert to provide technical assistance in its dispute with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Juneau flood plain maps.
CBJ disagrees with FEMA’s revision to the maps, adopted last year by the agency.
The Assembly Monday night agreed to transfer $50,000 from Areawide Drainage Improvements for the technical help. The city will contract with a hydrologist to work with city staff.
The transfer was recommended by the Public Works and Facilities Committee. In a recent meeting, CBJ Development Director Dale Pernulla said the city hopes to get FEMA to allow scientific review of the maps. He says the city disagrees with the model used for drawing the maps.
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