The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating flood maps for Jefferson and Orange County following the release of a new comprehensive storm surge study from U.S. Army Corp of Engineers that will include updated information on coastal flood risks.
Open houses for the general public will give the public an opportunity to learn more about the maps. Experts will be available to look up addresses and provide a print out of a selected area and to explain the implications of the changes. The open house maybe scheduled as soon as late October or early November of this year.
This will allow a 90-day period for residents to provide proof to possible errors with the new map.
The maps will be available online to use as a tool for residents to take steps to protect their property from potential flooding.
The storm surge study caused FEMA to update maps for 17 coastal counties in Texas, including Orange County.
The potential map was presented to officials in December 2011.
There is some increase in coastal flood elevations in Orange County. Recent storm data shows there is a higher risk in the area for flooding and this new information is reflected on the maps.
The map will show changes between 1.5 -3 feet since the last version.
The potential map may be viewed at www.txchart.com
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