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Appeal process begins for proposed FEMA Base Flood Elevation map changes

RELEASE DATE: September 15, 2011

TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Works’ Stormwater Section is now processing appeals on behalf of Lake County property owners who live in unincorporated areas of the County who believe the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) changes being proposed on the 2012 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps are in error.

Appeals can be submitted for processing until Monday, Dec. 12. Only appeals of the proposed BFE supported by scientific or technical data can be considered before FEMA makes its final determination at the end of the appeal period.

As part of the 2012 re-mapping of Lake County, FEMA provides preliminary copies of the revised Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). This information makes it appropriate to modify the elevations of the flood determinations for certain locations in the County.

The purpose of an appeal is to acknowledge that the proposed BFE determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect.

During the appeal period, any property owner in unincorporated Lake County that believes their property rights will be adversely affected by the BFE determinations may submit an appeal in writing to the Lake County Department of Public Works’ Stormwater Section, 437 Ardice Ave., Eustis, FL 32726. Lake County Stormwater staff will compile the appeal data and submit it to FEMA.

The proposed modifications in BFEs can be viewed on FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe, or they can be obtained by calling FEMA Map Information eXchange at (877) FEMA MAP (877-336-2627) and in the Federal Register, Vol.76, pages 46707 through 46712.

Map errors not related to BFE determinations, such as incorrect street names, typographical errors, or omissions, will be considered by FEMA, and any applicable changes will be made before the FIRM or FIS become effective.

The reports and other information are also available for viewing at the Lake County Department of Public Works Office. For any additional questions, please contact the Lake County Stormwater Section at (352) 483-9081.

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Lake County Stormwater Section
(352) 483-9081

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Kelly Lafollette
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Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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