The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region III, and state officials will hold a Community Coordination & Outreach meeting for Frederick County residents from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. They will share a presentation during the first hour and leave time for questions about the draft flood maps to see where identified flood risk may be changing. The meeting will be held in the third floor meeting room of Winchester Hall, 12 E. Church Street.
Frederick County received an updated Flood Insurance Study report and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) with information on how the county is impacted by findings from a recent study. During the Community Coordination & Outreach meeting, FEMA will discuss the new maps, what they mean for communities and what actions need to be taken to update ordinances based on the new flood maps.
Officials will examine new study areas, discuss how the analysis and mapping have changed since previous FIRMs, and work collaboratively to ensure that the needs of the community and its partners are met.
A new web app — www.tinyurl.com/FloodPlainUpdate — allows easier access and review of the data. Residents can click on a grid of Frederick County for a link to the Preliminary FIRM documents. As they zoom in, more data will appear. They can use Layer List Icon (looks like three stacked squares) on the top left to turn layers on and off.
Citizens are encouraged to take the time to review the Preliminary FIRM. Comments are appreciated as soon as possible, but will be welcomed through and soon after the meeting on Nov. 27. The review period provides the community, officials and citizens in the affected communities with an opportunity to identify changes or corrections to non-technical information, such as corporate limits, road names, and stream names on the report.
Digital copies of the revised flood maps, study and database can be found on the FEMA website, www.tinyurl.com/FEMApreliminaryfloodhazarddata.
For more information, contact Frederick County Zoning Administrator Tolson DeSa at 301-600-1491 or via e-mail at tdesa@FrederickCountyMD.gov.