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Posted on: August 1, 2016

Flood Map Revision Appeal Period Ends August 17

Excerpt of a Flood Insurance Rate Map. An area along the Blue River is identified as being in the floodplain.

Residents from affected properties are invited to provide feedback on FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps

Robert Jacobs, Summit County Engineering Department

SUMMIT COUNTY – Local residents with property located inside the regulatory floodplain are encouraged to review federal floodplain maps in advance of the Aug. 17 appeal deadline.

More than 1,200 properties in Summit County are located in a regulatory floodplain, as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (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. Homes and other buildings inside mapped high-risk flood areas are required by mortgage lenders to purchase flood insurance.

“I am personally reviewing all flood hazard maps for unincorporated areas of Summit County, and the floodplain managers in each of the towns are doing so in their jurisdictions, but we still encourage any affected property owner to review the proposed maps for accuracy at their location,” Summit County Engineer Robert Jacobs said.

On May 20, FEMA published the second notification of revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Summit County. This publication began the 90-day appeal period, which ends on August 17.

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 reviewing the proposed FIRM revisions for accuracy within the guidelines of FEMA’s appeal process.

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.

If you feel that a flood hazard boundary is incorrectly encumbering your property, you may review the proposed map changes and submit comments to your floodplain administrator. Contact information and more details are available on the Summit County website or at the office of the Summit County Engineering Department in the Summit County Commons in Frisco.

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