New Flood Maps Show Current Risks in Cleveland County, Arkansas

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Release date: 
December 15, 2011
Release Number: 
R6-11-176

DENTON, Texas -- Kingsland, Arkansas homeowners, business and residential renters, and business owners who do not have flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect. 

The new Cleveland County flood maps, which include all of the communities in Cleveland County, become effective on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 giving those in Kingsland who haven’t purchased flood insurance yet, time to get the best possible premiums to protect their property from potential flooding.

“While many people are required by mortgage and lending companies to have flood insurance, FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) strongly recommend that everyone have flood insurance,” said Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell. “The reason is simple: You don’t have to be in a mapped floodplain to flood.”

Those who purchase flood insurance prior to Feb. 2, 2012 may be able to grandfather the current flood zone, saving money on flood insurance. For more information on estimated rates for flood insurance, whether you are eligible for grandfathering, and the Preferred Risk Policy extension, or to locate an agent in your area, visit www.floodsmart.gov.

Anyone who hasn’t had a chance to participate in local flood insurance meetings or to review the new flood maps is encouraged to contact their local floodplain administrator who may be located at City Hall or the county administration offices.  Communities interested in joining the NFIP should contact local officials for more information.

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. 

Last Updated: 
July 19, 2012 - 23:02
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