DENTON, Texas– New preliminary flood maps for residents and business owners in Liberty and Chambers counties are now ready for residents to review. Local, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials teamed up to produce them.
Residents and business owners are encouraged to view the maps for a better understanding of their flood risks. This understanding will help make informed decisions about building plans. It will also help decide whether to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.
The public is invited to appeal and comment on the maps. There are different deadlines for submitting comments and appeals.
Liberty County: The appeal period for the city of Dayton is Oct. 24, 2016. The deadline for appeals for the cities of Ames, Daisetta, Dayton Lakes, Hardin, Liberty, the town of Kenefick and Liberty County is Oct. 25, 2016.
Chambers County: Oct. 24, 2016, is the deadline for appeals from the cities of Mont Belvieu, Old River-Winfree, and Chambers County. This is also the deadline for comments from the cities of Anahuac, Baytown and Cove.
Appeals and comments are important because:
Appeals are formal objections to proposed base flood elevations or flood depths. They can also be made to Special Flood Hazard Areas boundaries and zones, or floodways. Appeals must be based on technical data showing proposed maps to be scientifically incorrect. Anyone making an appeal must include the method, data and analysis used to support the claim.
Comments are objections to a base map feature change such as labels, incorrect roads or jurisdictional boundaries. The public can send comments and appeals to their local floodplain administrator, who will forward them to FEMA for final resolution.
There are several ways of reviewing the maps if you have not had a chance yet. One way is by visiting your county or community floodplain administrator’s office and look at them. Other ways include:
The next step is the resolution of all the comments and appeals. When that is complete, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.
When a flood risk is identified, the next step is to consider purchasing a flood policy. Flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program. 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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