On May 14, 2021, the City lodged a comprehensive community appeal regarding FEMA's "Preliminary" flood maps. The finalization of these preliminary flood maps may span several years.
FEMA is obligated to address all "appeals" it receives within a 90-day timeframe. Anything submitted after these 90 days will be automatically categorized as a "comment." It's important to note that only scientific data will be regarded as appeals; comments or personal beliefs, such as "My home has never flooded," will not be deemed valid by FEMA. The results must show an overall change in the flood hazard information shown on the preliminary Fair Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and/or in the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report.