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Director of Planning and Zoning
City of Radford
William Powell, FEMA Region III
PROPOSED FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAP REFLECTS CHANGES TO
LOCAL FLOOD RISK
City of Radford, Virginia, May 1, 2019 — The update to the Flood Insurance Rate Map for the City of Radford is nearing completion. The new map will provide up-to-date flood risk information and tools that can be used to enhance local mitigation plans, and help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance. The local mapping project is part of a nationwide effort to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce those risks. The work in the City of Radford has been led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with local community officials. Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Map is finalized, there will be a 90-day appeal period during which local residents and property owners can provide additional data for consideration. The Appeal Period is expected to begin May 1, 2019.
The new map is still a preliminary version. Property owners are encouraged to review the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements, and to identify any concerns or questions about the information provided. To view the preliminary flood maps please visit the FEMA Map Service Center at https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/.
If you believe the modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect, you may submit an appeal, which must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support your claim. If you see incorrect information that does not involve changing the flood hazard-related information – such as a missing or misspelled road name or an incorrect corporate boundary – you can submit a written correction, or “comment.” If you are interested in submitting a comment or appeal, we highly recommend that you first discuss it with your local floodplain administrator so they can provide you with guidance on the process.