On the Net
• For additional information and to view the preliminary Forsyth County maps online, visit www.GeorgiaDFIRM.com.
• For more information about flood risks and preparedness, visit www.ready.gov or www.floodsmart.gov.
• For a listing of the proposed BFEs and information on the appeal period, visit http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe.
Forsyth County’s flood risk information was recently revised, and the 90-day period to submit comments and appeals regarding the maps is under way.
Georgia, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has issued the preliminary flood insurance rate map and flood insurance study depicting new or revised special flood hazard areas, floodways and/or base flood elevations.
After the flood insurance rate map is released, there is a 90-period for public review, which will end April 16.
During this time, any owner or lessee of real property who believes their property rights may be adversely affected by the base flood elevation determinations may submit an appeal.
The sole basis for such appeals is having knowledge or information indicating that the proposed determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect.
Inquiries regarding data other than the proposed determinations — typographical errors, incorrect street names or omissions — will be considered as comments rather than appeals.
Any applicable changes will be made prior to the revised flood insurance study report and flood insurance rate map becoming effective.
Those wanting to submit an appeal should provide a formal objection, along with all supporting data, to the county’s department of engineering, which will forward them to FEMA.
Appeals can be submitted to: Forsyth County Department of Engineering; Attention: Renee P. Hoge. P.E.; 110 E. Main St., Suite 120; Cumming, GA 30040.