DENTON, Texas– Months of teamwork by local officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have led to new preliminary flood maps in Bernalillo County. The public is encouraged to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period about the maps. Anyone who wishes to file an appeal has until December 21, 2015 for submission
Residents and business owners need to review the preliminary flood maps to understand where flood risks have been identified in their county. The maps will help residents make informed decisions about future plans and whether they should purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
What’s the difference between an Appeal and a Comment?
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. Send comments and appeals to your local floodplain administrator who will forward them to FEMA for final resolution. 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 map at //maps.riskmap6.com/NM/Bernalillo/
• Using a live chat service about flood maps at go.usa.gov/r6C, just click on the “Live Chat” icon;
• Contacting a FEMA Map Specialist at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or 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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