The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for the El Paso community designating the proposed areas located within a flood zone. The revisions come as part of FEMA’s effort to modernize existing maps at a national level.
As part of the formal adoption process, the public is advised that effective July 18, 2010, FEMA will institute a 90-day appeal and protest period for residents and property owners who would like to provide scientific or technical information refuting the revisions to the draft FIRMs.
-To view the current and proposed maps, click here. -Information may be submitted electronically at FEMAAppealandProtest@elpasotexas.gov or mailed to the following address:
Floodplain Administration 2 Civic Center Plaza-4th El Paso, Texas 79901
-All appeal/ protest information must be submitted to Floodplain Administration for the City not FEMA
-Individuals who reside outside city limits must contact their respective Floodplain Administrator (El Paso County, 546-2015)
The proposed map revisions are not effective until a formal process is completed by FEMA that consists of the following steps: 1) 90-Day appeal/protest period where public can provide engineering data (Effective July 18, 2010-Ocotber 18, 2010) 2) FEMA review period to consider appeals/comments and make revisions (Expected completion late 2010) 3) Public notice in local newspaper 6 months in advance of effective date (Late 2010) 4) New Flood Insurance Rate Maps become effective (Mid 2011)