Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Beauregard Parish, LA

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DENTON, Texas– New preliminary flood maps for communities in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, are now ready for review. Local, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials teamed up to produce the new maps. The public is invited to appeal or comment on the Beauregard Parish flood maps by Feb. 13, 2017.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to view the maps for a better understanding of their flood risks. This understanding will help people make informed decisions about building plans. It will also help property owners decide whether to purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program. Flood Insurance is recommended for all areas of risk, even low risk areas.

The differences between Appeals and Comments:

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 the 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 complete, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.

When a flood risk is identified, residents need to consider buying 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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