DOÑA ANA COUNTY FLOOD COMMISSION RECOGNIZED REGIONALLY

DOÑA ANA COUNTY FLOOD COMMISSION RECOGNIZED REGIONALLY

Doña Ana County’s Flood Commission has been recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a leader in community protection, loss prevention and mitigation of flood risks.

In the spring edition of the PBS&J newsletter that serves FEMA Regions 5, 6 and 7, Doña Ana County is singled out for its use of the Cooperating Technical Partners program, which involves collaboration between individual community agencies, FEMA, and other state and local agencies who have an interest in updated and accurate flood plain maps. The program stresses the benefit of pooled resources in updating maps that can be used by the National Flood Insurance Program to assign flood risks for developed areas.

“In Region 6, Doña Ana County has shown unfettered zeal for the CTP program,” the newsletter states. “Dedicated to improving their community, they use the CTP program as a tool to reduce flood risks and prevent losses. They have also made a commitment to submit quality data by carefully following FEMA’s Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners. Despite the fact that it was not in their original scope of work, Doña Ana County expects to submit a fully compliant GIS database. Their enthusiasm is worthy of praise.”

Flood Commission Director Paul Dugie said the article affirms the value of the hard work he and his staff have been doing to serve at-risk residents insured against flood damage across Doña Ana County by updating old maps and submitting new data to regional and national databases.

“This recognition is important to us,” Dugie said, “because it shows that our peers in the discipline recognize the quality of work coming out of our small office. The residents and taxpayers of Doña Ana County should feel very proud of this recognition.”

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.