Summit County Government

Posted on: August 4, 2015

Flood Maps Open House Aug. 10

Residents from affected properties are invited to provide feedback on FEMA flood insurance rate maps

Robert Jacobs, Summit County Engineering Department

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County and the towns of Breckenridge, Silverthorne and Frisco will hold a flood-maps open house on Monday, Aug. 10. Individuals who own property in federally designated floodplains are invited to attend the event to learn about the floodplain mapping process and provide feedback to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the accuracy of existing flood insurance rate maps.

More than 1,200 properties in Summit County are located in a regulatory floodplain, as designated by FEMA. The designation has important implications related to flood insurance requirements, flood insurance rates, property sales and obtaining mortgages from federally regulated or insured lenders.

“Our community’s comments are important for FEMA’s review process, and the agency will consider them carefully before it publishes the final flood insurance rate maps for Summit County,” Summit County Engineer Robert Jacobs said.

During the mid-2000s, FEMA undertook an initiative to modernize, improve and update the nation’s flood maps. Summit County and the three affected towns adopted the new maps for their respective jurisdictions in 2011. These four local agencies are now working with FEMA to identify any errors made during the modernization process so that the maps may be revised and finalized.

The current community-wide revision process does not account for recent hydrological changes to the floodplain, such as those caused by the natural migration of water channels, beaver activity or human development. However, individual property owners or groups can pursue these types of revisions independently.

The open house will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10, in the Buffalo Mountain Room of the Summit County Commons, located at 37 Peak One Dr., Frisco, CO. Representatives from each local jurisdiction will have copies of the flood maps available for public review. Representatives from FEMA and the Colorado Water Conservation Board will be on hand to answer questions about the flood map revision process, flood insurance and related topics.

Summit County has sent letters to all affected property owners, notifying them that their properties are partially or entirely located in a federally designated floodplain.

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