April 15, 2024 8:46 PM
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City of Prescott Announces Flood Risk Open House

Updated Flood Maps Are Available for Viewing

In cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the City of Prescott (City) has been working on an update of the City’s flood hazard maps (flood maps). The City remapped the floodplain for about nine linear miles of streams using the latest flood modeling approaches and digital mapping technologies, along with updated data. The updated flood maps provide detailed, property-specific flood risk data. This data helps residents and business owners better understand their risk of flooding and guide building and flood insurance decisions.

More information about the mapping project, and a link to view the updated maps, can be found at https://prescott-az.gov/floodmap/. Property owners are encouraged to look up their property to see if it is in the remapped area, and if so, how it is affected. Changes in flood risk can mean changes in building and flood insurance requirements.

A public Flood Risk Open House is also being held on April 1, 2024, to allow the public to review and discuss the preliminary flood maps in person. Property owners will be able to look up their address to see how their flood risk may have changed. Mapping and flood insurance specialists, as well as city representatives, will be available to answer questions. There will be no formal presentation.

Flood Risk Open House

Monday, April 1, 2024   4:00-7:00 pm

Rowle B Simmons Community Center

1280 E Rosser Street, Prescott

The updated FIRMs are still preliminary and have not been officially adopted and are not yet effective. Later this spring, FEMA will hold a 90-day public appeal period. This allows property owners to formally submit appeals and comments. Once all appeals and comments are received and addressed, the City expects the maps will become effective 30 days after the public comment period ends. The new flood insurance and building requirements will take effect at that time.

More information about the mapping project is available at https://prescott-az.gov/floodmap/ Individuals with general questions about the local map update efforts can also call the City at (928) 777-1130 during business hours or email FloodplainAdministrationGroup@prescott-az.gov. For information about flood insurance, contact your local insurance agent or visit www.FloodSmart.gov.

 

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