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New FEMA Flood Zone Maps For El Paso Released

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 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)

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