Burleigh County, North Dakota Flood Map Appeal Period


New flood maps have been developed for Burleigh County and the communities of Bismarck, Lincoln, Wilton, and Wing. If residents or businesses feel there is an error in the map, they have until May 18, 2023 to provide scientific or engineering data.

Date: February 17, 2023 - May 18, 2023

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Flood insurance rate map changes for Burleigh County are nearing completion. The new maps will provide more accurate flood risk information that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.

The mapping project was initiated in 2018 by Burleigh County, Cities of Bismarck, Lincoln, Wilton, and the North Dakota Department of Water Resources. It is part of a nationwide effort led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce those risks.

Before new flood insurance rate maps in Burleigh County can become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period during which local residents and business owners can provide additional data for consideration before the maps are final. This appeal period ends on May 18, 2023. 

Community officials encourage residents and business owners to review the proposed flood insurance rate maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements, and any concerns or questions about the information provided.

You may submit an appeal package during the 90-day appeal period. The sole basis of the appeal must include the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the flood hazard determinations proposed by FEMA are scientifically and/or technically incorrect.

For further details on this process, visit https://www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/BFE_Status/bfe_main.asp. To view preliminary mapping, visit FEMA’s Preliminary National Flood Hazard Layer (https://msc.fema.gov/fmcv), or contact your local floodplain administrator. Preliminary mapping may also be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center (https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/)

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