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Albany woman honored for floodplain management

Hegarty receives statewide recognition

Peggy Hegarty, center, recently received the Floodplain Manager of the Year award from the Georgia Association of Floodplain Management. Also pictured are Mary Teter of the Albany-Dougherty Planning and Development office and Bill Swan. (Submitted Photo)

Peggy Hegarty, center, recently received the Floodplain Manager of the Year award from the Georgia Association of Floodplain Management. Also pictured are Mary Teter of the Albany-Dougherty Planning and Development office and Bill Swan. (Submitted Photo)

ALBANY — The Georgia Association of Floodplain Management (GAFM) has recognized the efforts of Albany’s Peggy Hegarty with the Outstanding Floodplain Manager of the Year Award at its annual conference recently held in Atlanta.

This award recognizes the individual efforts of an outstanding floodplain manager in the State of Georgia. GAFM is an organization of professionals involved in floodplain management, flood hazard mitigation, the National Flood Insurance Program and flood preparedness, warning and recovery.

In her position as a planner with the City of Albany Planning and Development Services Department, Hegarty was cited for strengthening floodplain management efforts and expanding the educational outreach on flood preparedness, floodplain regulations and flood insurance to city and county staff, committees, boards, agencies, consultants, builders and the general public.

“In early 2013, after an audit of our records and floodplain management efforts by the Georgia EPD Office of Floodplain Management, the head of the office, Tom Shillock, told us that we had passed the audit with flying colors and recommended me to be named GAFM Floodplain Manager of the Year.

“Mary Teter and Bill Swan nominated me for the award. I worked will Bill Swan on the Greenspace Committee and Floodplain Management Review Board. Mary was my planning manager at the City of Albany Planning and Development Services Department.”

Hegarty prepared two publications that are accessible on the city website albany.ga.us under the public safety link. The listings are under flooding and flood protection information.