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Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps in Essex County, Virginia

Release Date Release Number
R3-20-NR-029

PHILADELPHIA- FEMA is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Essex County, Virginia. Community stakeholders are invited to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period.

The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments.

The 90-day appeal period will begin on or around September 2, 2020. Residents and business owners are also encouraged to review the updated maps to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.

Residents may submit an appeal if they perceive that modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.

  • An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.
  • Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.
  • If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information—such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary—they can submit a written comment.

The next step in the mapping process is the resolution of all comments and appeals. Once they are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.

Submit appeals and comments by contacting your local floodplain administrator: Alwyn W. “Wyn” Davis Jr., Building Official, Essex County, (804) 443-4951, awdavis@essex-virginia.org. The preliminary maps may be viewed online at the FEMA Flood Map Changes Viewer: http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv. Changes from the current maps may be viewed online at the Region 3 Changes Since Last FIRM Viewer: http://arcg.is/0rLfCH.

For more information about the flood maps:

Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood. There are cost saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent and visiting https://www.floodsmart.gov.

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at (215) 931-5597 or at femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov.

Flood Mapping Milestones

January 15, 2019 — Flood Risk Review Meeting to review draft flood hazard data

September 15, 2019 — Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map released

November 7, 2019 — Community Coordination and Outreach Meeting to review Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map, and discuss updates to local floodplain management ordinance and flood insurance

On or Around September 2, 2020 –Appeal Period starts

November 2021* — New Flood Insurance Rate Map becomes effective and flood insurance requirements take effect

*Timeline subject to change pending completion of the appeal review process

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Last updated September 3, 2020