The floodplain maps are getting an update in Prince William County, and this could impact the county’s homeowners.
According to a release, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is conducting on several streams in the county, as part of the map update.
“The study will result in revisions to the county’s Flood Insurance Rate maps and any changes could impact floodplain insurance rates for residents, according to the Prince William County Public Works Department. Prince William County does not determine floodplain insurance rates; the rates are determined by FEMA,” stated a release.
The floodplain maps will be updates to include information on the county’s non-coastal streams located in the Middle Potomac Anacostia Watershed, as well as all other streams in the county – expect for Powells, Quantico, and Chopawamsic creeks, stated a release.
FEMA is asking that all residents share information they may have about flooding concerns, as they will help them as the update the maps, according to a release. Once the maps are released in early 2017, there will be a chance for country residents to give public comment, stated a release.
“Within three to four months after the maps are released, FEMA will hold a public meeting to explain the maps and to get residents’ comments. Additionally, FEMA will provide a 90-day appeal period so that the county and residents can comment on the map updates. After the appeal period, FEMA will resolve the comments and finalize the map updates. The maps and insurance rates will go into effect within six months after FEMA releases the final maps, according to county documents,” stated a release.
For more information call Prince William County Environmental Services at 703-792-7070.
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