DENTON, Texas– Leaders from Harris County, Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are asking the public to participate in a 90-day appeal/comment period for preliminary flood maps that have been issued for the coastal areas of the county.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in coastal Harris County 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 Nov. 14, 2013 to Jan 28, 2014 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 county or community floodplain administrator. Other resources include:
- Viewing the maps online at http://maps.riskmap6.com/TX/Harris/
- Chatting with a FEMA Map Specialist online at http://go.usa.gov/r6C. Click on the “Live Chat” icon.
- Speaking with or sending an email to 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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