FEMA ACCEPTING APPEALS TO NEWLY PROPOSED FLOOD-ZONE MAPS

FEMA ACCEPTING APPEALS TO NEWLY PROPOSED FLOOD-ZONE MAPS

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) and a corresponding Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for Doña Ana County. These DFIRMs contain proposed Special Flood Hazard Areas as determined by Flood Insurance Studies performed by the City of Las Cruces, the Doña Ana County Flood Commission and FEMA.

The appeal period began following the second publication in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan 16, 2009 and ends 90 days thereafter. During the 90-day appeal period, any owner or lessee of real property who believes his or her property rights will be adversely affected by the proposed DFIRMs may appeal in writing to FEMA. These appeals may be submitted to staff from the City of Las Cruces or the Doña Ana County Flood Commission, who will then forward the appeals to FEMA.

This project is part of FEMA’s initiative to modernize floodplain maps nationwide. The new maps include Special Flood Hazard Areas, which are those that would be inundated in a 100-year flood event. The maps also show flood elevations throughout Doña Ana County. Due to the decertification of portions of the Rio Grande levee system, many areas along the river are in newly designated Special Flood Hazard Areas.

These preliminary DFIRMs may be viewed on the County website www.donaanacounty.org (click on the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps icon) or at the following locations:

Doña Ana County
Flood Commission Office
845 N. Motel Blvd, Room 1-250
Las Cruces, NM 88007

City of Las Cruces
575 S. Alameda, Room 202 & 248
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Town of Mesilla
Mesilla Town Hall
2231 Avenida de Mesilla
Mesilla, NM 88046

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.