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Flood Maps in Orleans Parish in Louisiana

By on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Orleans Parish Louisiana Preliminary Flood Maps After working together for months to create new preliminary flood maps, Orleans Parish and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials now want to hear from the public. Homeowners, renters and business owners in Orleans Parish are encouraged to review the preliminary flood maps to understand where flood risks have been identified. Anyone who has comments or who would like to file an appeal has until August 6, 2015 to submit them. 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.   View new and preliminary Orleans Parish FEMA flood maps at www.secondlookflood.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...

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Preliminary Flood Maps for Richland County Ready

By on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Flood Maps for Richland County Newly revised preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for Richland County, SC will be available for residents to review at a public open house at the Richland County Office Building on June 24, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and are used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements. The open house provides residents of Richland County and its municipalities the opportunity to see the preliminary maps, learn about their risk of flooding, and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for their property. Residents can meet one-on-one with a variety of specialists who will be available to talk about flood insurance, engineering, building permits and more. The open house will be held between 4 and 7 p.m. The open house date and location is: June 24, 2015 Richland County Office Building 2020 Hampton Street Columbia, SC 29201 The new preliminary maps were produced through a partnership among Richland County, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They are more precise than older maps because better flood hazard and risk data make the maps more accurate. The ultimate goal is protecting property owners and the community from the risks associated with flooding. Over time, flood risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, floodplain widening or shifting, and other factors. Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes. Home and business owners, renters, realtors, mortgage lenders, surveyors and insurance agents are encouraged to attend the open house. All who attend can meet with specialists to ask questions and learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their communities. Richland County’s preliminary maps have not yet been officially adopted and will become effective after a public comment period. This period allows the public to submit comments and appeals if they can show that any part of the maps is in error. Once all comments are received and addressed, Richland County may adopt the maps. By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. Standard homeowners’, business owners’,...

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Natchitoches Parish Flood Maps

By on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Natchitoches Parish Flood Maps Local, state and federal officials encourage everyone to view the maps before Monday, July 6, 2015 in order to understand their flood risk and then consider buying flood insurance.   New flood maps for Natchitoches Parish will become effective early next month. Most property insurance policies do not cover the effects of flooding. People without flood insurance, either through a private policy or through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a voluntary protection program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), risk uninsured losses to their homes, personal property and businesses.   Flooding is the #1 natural disaster in the U.S. and only flood insurance covers these unexpected, damaging and sometimes fatal events. “Everyone needs to prepare for the hazards and risks in their communities. Knowing your risk of flooding is the first step in taking the appropriate actions to prepare,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson.   Your local floodplain administrator can tell you if your community participates in the NFIP and can help you review the new maps.   FEMA map specialists and flood insurance experts also are available to answer questions. They can be reached by phone and online chat.   For more information visit www.secondlookflood.com   View new and preliminary flood maps now at www.newfloodmap.com    ...

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