DENTON, Texas– After months of collaboration and the continuous sharing of information resulting in preliminary flood maps, officials with Orleans Parish and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are now asking the public to participate in a 90-day comment period.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in the unincorporated areas of New Orleans, Orleans Parish 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 July 3 to Sept. 30 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 such as labels, incorrect roads, jurisdictional boundaries 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 Parish or community floodplain administrator. Other resources include:
• To view the map in an Interactive Mapping Portal visit: http://maps.riskmap6.com/LA/Orleans/
• View a Preliminary Interactive Flood Map Index at http://riskmap6.com/documents/Meeting_14/22071CIND0A_hyperlink.pdf
• 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.
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.