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FEMA Updates Flood Maps in Mendocino County and City of Willits

Release Date Release Number
R9-NR-21-26
Release Date:
July 6, 2021

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating flood maps for parts of Mendocino County and the city of Willits. The maps identify the revised flood hazards in Mill, Broaddus, Baechtel, Haehl, Davis, Scout Lake and Berry creeks. These new maps will help building officials, contractors and homeowners make effective mitigation decisions, thereby contributing to safer and more resilient communities.

Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period from July 8 to Oct. 6. During that time, residents and property owners with supporting technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, can appeal the flood risk information on the preliminary maps, which can be viewed at fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata.

Flood hazards are dynamic and change frequently for many reasons, including weather patterns, erosion and community development. Officials from FEMA, Mendocino County and the city of Willits worked together to provide updated information that accurately reflects the flood risk. These changes may also affect future building standards or insurance requirements.

The local mapping project is part of a national effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. FEMA encourages residents to review the preliminary flood maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements and identify any concerns or questions about the information provided.

Risk of flooding affects almost every corner of the nation. In total, 98% of counties have experienced a flood event, which makes floods the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.

For more information, contact Mendocino County’s Michael Oliphant at (707) 234-6650 or Oliphant@mendocinocounty.org, or the city of Willits’ Brian Bender at (707) 459-7120 or bbender@cityofwillits.org.

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Last updated July 6, 2021