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Public Appeal Period Begins for Munds Park Preliminary Flood Maps


Proposed Flood Map for Munds Park
Proposed Flood Map for Munds Park

By John Carr, Engineering Supervisor

Coconino County Community Development


On January 23, 2024, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expected to publish a second notice announcing the start of the 90-day public appeal period for the Munds Park preliminary flood maps. The flood maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), show the extent to which areas recently re-mapped in the Munds Park area are at risk of flooding. These flood maps update 30-year-old studies and help determine flood insurance and building requirements.


Citizens can view the preliminary maps here. FEMA developed the preliminary flood maps in partnership with Coconino County. The process included an extensive, multi-year review of the changes brought about by environmental, land use, and other forces. It used the best available science, including state-of-the-art aerial mapping, flood risk modeling techniques, and a comprehensive pre-release technical review.


Coconino County presented a virtual open house (a recording is available here) on September 13, 2023 to allow the public to review and discuss the preliminary flood maps. The County hosted an in-person flood risk open house on September 18, 2023.

The updated FIRMs are still preliminary and have not been officially adopted and are not yet effective. This 90-day public appeal period allows property owners to formally submit appeals - which require analysis or scientific evidence showing the information on the preliminary map is scientifically or technically incorrect - and comments. More details about the appeals process can be found here. Once all appeals and comments are received and addressed, the county expects maps will become effective by early 2025. The new flood insurance and building requirements will take effect at that time.


More information about the mapping project is available here. Individuals with general questions about the local map update efforts can also call the Flood Control District at 928-679-8881 during business hours or email FEMAFloodMap@coconino.az.gov. For information about flood insurance, contact your local insurance agent or visit www.FloodSmart.gov


 

Thinking of updating your homeowners coverage? Reach out to April Plonski at Lucky Penny Insurance, your local authority.



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