August 04, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

City Offers Floodplain Maps Assistance

The City of Springfield wants to remind citizens affected by the new Federal Emergency Management  Agency (FEMA) revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps that the City is prepared to offer assistance to anyone with questions or who intends to file an appeal before the Sept. 22, 2009 deadline.

If you have any questions regarding the process of floodplain map revisions or would like to appeal the maps, you can request staff assistance by calling the Building Development Services department at 864-1059 or e-mailing Director Nick Heatherly at: nheatherly@springfieldmo.gov .

To view the revised maps go to: http://gismaps.springfieldmo.gov/femafloodplain/. Simply type in your address and you will be able to view the revised mapping in the vicinity of your address.  City or County staff can also mail, fax, or e-mail a copy of the revised maps to anyone without Internet access. For more information, you may access the FEMA Web site at: www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/info.shtm .

On Sept. 19, 2008, FEMA released a series of revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for all of Greene County including the City of Springfield. Since these maps were issued, City and County staff have been reviewing the maps for technical errors. On June 24, 2009, a 90-day public appeal period began.

During this appeal period, the public has the opportunity to submit appeals due to possible mapping errors. These appeals must be based solely on scientific or technical evidence contrary to that of the proposed FIRM. All appeals from the public must be submitted to either the City or Greene County. After the appeal period has ended and all appeals have been addressed, the FIRM and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) will be finalized and should become effective in about six months.

For more information, contact: Nick Heatherly, Director of  Building Development Services, 864-1059.

city of springfield

Department of Building Development Services

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1059 • Fax: 417-864-1057 • springfieldmo.gov