DENTON, Texas– After working together for months to create new preliminary flood maps, officials from Travis County, six cities, one village and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) want to hear from the public about the preliminary flood maps.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in the Travis County cities of Austin, Creedmoor, Mustang Ridge, Cedar Park, Rollingwood, West Lake Hills and the Village of Webberville, as well as the unincorporated areas of Travis County, should look at the preliminary flood maps to better understand where flood risks have been identified. Anyone in these areas who would like to comment on the maps has a 90 day window that runs from August 14, 2014 until November 11, 2014 to submit them.
Anyone in the cities of Austin, Creedmoor, and Mustang Ridge as well as the unincorporated areas of Travis County may also submit official appeals during this time period.
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 preliminary flood index maps at http://www.riskmap6.com/documents/Meeting_394/48453CIND1C.pdf and http://www.riskmap6.com/documents/Meeting_394/48453CIND2C.pdf
• Using a live chat service about flood maps at http://go.usa.gov/r6C, just click on the “Live Chat” icon;
• Viewing the Preliminary Flood Hazard Data at http://www.fema.gov/view-your-communitys-preliminary-flood-hazard-data-0; and
• Contacting a FEMA Map Specialist at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or email FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.
Once all comments and appeals are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps. When a flood risk is identified, the next step is to consider the purchase of a flood policy from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Contacting a local insurance agent is the first step to gather information about insurance. Visit www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531 to locate an agent in your area.
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