DENTON, Texas– After months of collaboration and information sharing, officials with Osage and Kay counties, Ponca City and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are now asking the public to participate in a 90-day comment period on preliminary flood maps.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in part of Ponca City and the unincorporated areas of the two counties are encouraged to view the preliminary flood maps to better understand where flood risks have been identified. Those with comments or who would like to file an appeal have from December 26, 2012 to March 26, 2013 to do so.
An appeal is a formal objection to proposed base flood elevations or flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) boundaries and zones, or floodways. Appeals must be based on technical data that show proposed maps to be scientifically incorrect. Anyone who makes an appeal must include the method, data and analysis used to support the claim. A comment is an objection to a base map feature change or any other non-appealable change.
Comments and appeals should be sent to FEMA through the local floodplain administrator. 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 county or community floodplain administrator. Other resources include:
• Viewing proposed flood hazard determination notices online at http://maps.riskmap6.com/OK/Kay_Osage/.
• Viewing the changes since the last Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) at http://riskmap6.com/Community.aspx?cid=229&sid=4.
• Using a live chat service about flood maps at http://go.usa.gov/r6C. Click on the “Live Chat” icon.
• Contacting a FEMA Map Specialist at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627); email FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.
Once all comments and appeals are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.
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