Deadline to Appeal FEMA Coastal Flood Insurance Rate Map Changes Approaching
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2020) - Hillsborough County residents who want to comment on or appeal changes to coastal flood maps have only eight days left to file paperwork for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to review.
Hillsborough County is part of a multi-year process led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to update coastal flood maps. The coastal flood risks shown on today's flood maps are based on obsolete data and technology that is more than 30 years old. The 2007 countywide flood map update did not include an updated analysis of the coastal flood risk and does not reflect new development or changes in shoreline.
Property owners and residents should review the preliminary coastal maps and provide feedback by Jan. 23. Submitted written appeals and comments will be consolidated by Hillsborough County and given to FEMA for consideration. FEMA has provided these documents to help property owners participate in FEMA's appeal and comment process on Preliminary Flood Hazard Maps.
To submit an appeal or comment for FEMA's assessment of your property, please mail a request to comment or appeal, along with all supporting technical data if applicable, to the following address no later than Jan. 23, 2020:
Hillsborough County Hazard Mitigation
601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 22nd Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Property owners who have a federally-backed mortgage and are in a high-risk flood zone are required to have flood insurance. To check your flood zone or find a participating flood insurance provider, visit FloodSmart.gov.