New Flood Maps Show Current Risks in Santa Fe County, New Mexico

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Release date: 
November 5, 2012
Release Number: 
R6-12-160

DENTON, Texas – Santa Fe County, New Mexico, 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 Santa Fe County flood maps become effective on Tuesday, Dec. 4, giving those 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 Acting

Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson. “The reason is simple: You don’t have to be in a mapped floodplain to

flood.”

Current policy holders and those planning to purchase NFIP protection are strongly encouraged to contact their

insurance agent or company to ensure that they have adequate coverage for building and contents that accounts

for new flood risk data.

Those who purchase flood insurance prior to Dec. 4 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 floodplain administrator who is most likely located at the County or City Offices.

• To view the preliminary maps online visit http://maps.riskmap6.com/NM/SantaFe/.
• To use the live chat service, visit http://go.usa.gov/r6C.  Click on the “Live Chat” icon.
• To contact a FEMA Map Specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or send an email to

FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.                                                              

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. 

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Last Updated: 
November 7, 2012 - 13:18
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