“FEMA has advised Washington County, and those individual municipalities that lie within it, that proposed changes to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM’s) have been completed.  These proposed changes are officially referred to as ‘Preliminary Flood Hazard Maps’.

Flood zone maps, officially known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (or FIRM), are issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a means to implement the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by assigning flood risk zones to various properties.

These flood risk zones are called ‘Special Flood Hazard Areas’ (SFHA’s).  Most typically, the SFHA’s are shown on the FIRM’s as the 1% annual chance flood, which are often referred to as the ‘100-Year Flood Zone’ or the ‘100-Year Floodplain’.

Below are several online resources to access the Preliminary Flood Hazard Maps.

City of Tontitown:

The City has developed an interactive online mapping application, using the same data sources as FEMA.  The City application is designed to convey the FEMA Preliminary Flood Hazard Map changes in a different manner. Specifically, the City application denotes changes based on ‘Additions To’ (RED HATCHING) or ‘Removals From’ (GREEN HATCHING) the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), allowing users to see visually what areas are proposed to change. See map link: https://garver.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=7dfda8527db744eabefb4fdfbb802377

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

To view or download digital versions of a Preliminary FIRM and FIS report, please visit: https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/

Information about preliminary flood hazard map data, go to FEMA‘s Preliminary Flood Hazard Data webpage at Flood Map Products | FEMA.gov.

Before changes to the Preliminary Flood Hazard Maps take effect, citizens and stakeholders are offered a 90-day time period to inspect and ask questions regarding the changes, which will begin the week of July 14, 2021.  If you live or own property in those areas where a ‘map change’ is shown, then your National Flood Insurance (NFIP) policy premiums may be affected.

FEMA has developed a ‘Understanding Preliminary Flood Hazard Maps’ Fact Sheet, dedicated to informing the public about the Preliminary Flood Hazard Maps, and its process.  The ‘Fact Sheet’ can be accessed by visiting https://www.pwcva.gov/assets/documents/public-works/Understanding_Preliminary_Flood_Hazard_Map.pdf

All submittals to FEMA are required to be routed through the City during this process. If you would like to submit comments to FEMA, or have further questions regarding this letter, please contact the City of Tontitown, Planning Office at 479-361-2700 or via E-mail at planning@tontitownar.gov.

The 90-day time period cannot be extended, so it is important that you contact the City as soon as possible to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.”