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Calhoun County

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Calhoun County was founded in 1846. The county is named for John Caldwell Calhoun, the seventh vice president of the United States.

As of 2010, the population of Calhoun County is 21,381.

Calhoun County receives annual rainfall averages of 40 inches. Several historic storms affected the area. The City of Indianola, the former seat of the county courthouse, was washed away in the 1886 hurricane. The foundation of the court house is still visible during low tide. Hurricane Carla, in September 1961, caused extensive damage in the county when the eye passed through. The county was also affected by Hurricane Alex in June 2010. Tropical storm warnings and tornado watches were issued for the area during Alex.

Calhoun County entered the regular National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in March 1971.

For more helpful information, look underResources and Related Links.

For mapping questions, contact the FEMA Mapping Information eXchange (FMIX) – 1-877-336-2627.

Coastal Barrier Resources Systems are identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and can be viewed here.

For flood insurance questions, call the NFIP Hotline - 1-800-621-3362.(press 2 for insurance)