OAKLAND, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has presented draft flood risk maps to communities in Del Norte County, Calif. The draft maps will help community officials and local residents identify known flood risks and when finalized, will be used for flood insurance, land use and development decisions.
Flooding is the most common disaster in the United States and Del Norte County residents are urged to look at the preliminary maps and become familiar with flood risks in their community. These maps can help residents make informed decisions about flood insurance options and flood protection measures.
The preliminary maps revise and update information on the existence and severity of flood hazards in unincorporated areas in Del Norte County. Additional flood zone changes are proposed for the areas around Lake Earl, Lake Tolowa, and along portions of the Pacific Ocean, Smith River and Rowdy Creek. The revised maps are based on detailed ground elevation models, decades of rainfall and storm gauge information, and current topographic data. The preliminary maps are available online at http://rmc.mapmodteam.com/RMC9/Del_Norte.htm
Residents and property owners who believe the proposed flood maps contain errors have until January 11, 2010 to appeal by submitting additional scientific or technical information through their community officials to FEMA. Once all appeals are resolved, FEMA will make any necessary updates and notify communities, insurance companies and residents of the effective date of the final maps.
Floodplain administrators in each community have copies of the maps available for public viewing. It is recommended that all property owners contact their insurance agent or company to ensure that they have adequate coverage and that policies take into account new flood risk information prior to the flood maps becoming effective. Information can also be found at www.fema.gov, or www.floodsmart.gov.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.