DENTON, Texas – Refugio County and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials want to hear from the public about preliminary flood maps for the cities of Austwell and Bayside; the towns of Refugio and Woodsboro; and the unincorporated areas of Refugio County in Texas.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in those areas should look at the preliminary flood maps so they can understand where flood risks have been identified. Comments on the maps are invited during a 90-day period which runs from Sept. 26, 2013 to Dec. 24, 2013.
Residents and business owners who disagree with the maps may file an appeal. 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 showing proposed maps to be scientifically incorrect. They must include the method, data and analysis used to support the claim. A comment is an objection to base map feature changes such as labels, incorrect roads, jurisdictional boundaries or any other non-appealable change.
Anyone who hasn’t had a chance to participate in local flood insurance meetings or to review the new flood maps can contact their county or community floodplain administrator. Floodplain administrators typically have offices in either city hall or the county courthouse. Comments and appeals should be sent to FEMA through the local floodplain administrator. Other resources include:
- To view a Preliminary Interactive Flood Map Index visit http://www.riskmap6.com/documents/Meeting_279/48391CIND0A.pdf;
- To link to the Interactive Mapping Site visit http://maps.riskmap6.com/TX/Refugio/;
- To View Your Community’s Preliminary Flood Hazard Data visit www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata;
- Chat with someone online about flood maps at http://go.usa.gov/r6C. Click on the “Live Chat” icon; and
- Contact 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 official date that the final maps will go into effect.
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