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September 4, 2013

DENTON, Texas – Jefferson County and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials want to hear from the public about preliminary flood maps for multiple communities in Jefferson County, Texas.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in eight cities and the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County should look at the preliminary flood maps so they can understand where flood risks have been identified.

Comments on preliminary maps for the city of Taylor Landing are invited during a 90-day period that begins on Sept. 11 2013 and runs through Nov. 25, 2013.

The comment period for the cities of Beaumont, Bevil Oaks, China Grove, Nederland, Nome, Port Arthur, Port Neches and the unincorporated areas of the county is already underway and ends on Nov. 10, 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 the online interactive flood maps, visit http://maps.riskmap6.com/TX/Jefferson. Find the map index at: http://riskmap6.com/documents/Meeting_265/48245CIND0_Hyperlink.pdf • To View Your Community’s Preliminary Flood Hazard Data, visit:  www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata. • Chat with someone online about flood maps:  http://go.usa.gov/r6C.  Click on the “Live Chat” icon. • Contact a FEMA Map Specialist at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627); email    FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.