FEMA starts 90-day appeal on flood hazards

Winneshiek County has been notified that FEMA has started a 90-day appeal process on the proposed flood hazard determinations (FIRM or Flood Insurance Rate Map) for Winneshiek County.

The 90-day period began Aug. 25. The proposed flood hazard determinations, if finalized, will become the basis of Floodplain management measures the County must adopt to participate in the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program).

Any owner or lessee of real property who believes their property rights will be adversely affected by the proposed flood hazard determinations may appeal during this 90-day period. The sole basis for such appeals is the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the proposed flood hazard determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect. Only appeals supported by scientific or technical data can be considered by FEMA.

The proposed flood hazard determinations (preliminary FIRM) and information on the appeal process are available for inspection in the office of the Winneshiek county Zoning/Floodplain manager, located in the Courthouse, 201 W. Main Street, Decorah, 563-387-4080, or email tphillips@co. winneshiek. ia. us Information may also be obtained through FEMA at fema.gov/plan/prevent/ fhm/bfe.