The update to the Flood Insurance Rate Map for Scotland County is nearing completion. The new map will provide communities in Scotland County with up-to-date flood risk information and tools that can be used to enhance local mitigation plans, and help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.

The local mapping project is part of a nationwide effort led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce those risks. The work in Scotland County has been led by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), in partnership with local community officials.

Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Map is finalized, there will be a 90-day appeal period during which property owners and lessees can provide additional data for consideration before the map is finalized.

“During the past couple of years, community officials throughout the county have worked closely with SEMA to ensure the floodplain maps provide an accurate picture of flood risks,” said Darryl Rockfield, Jr, Missouri’s Floodplain Engineering & Mapping Civil Engineer. “This information will ensure that homes and businesses are insured appropriately against flooding, while also helping to make more informed decisions about how to protect Scotland County from what might otherwise be devastating flood events.”

The new map is still a preliminary version. Scotland County officials encourage property owners and lessees to review the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements, and to identify any concerns or questions about the information provided.

 Incorrect information that does not involve changing the flood hazard-related information – such as a missing or misspelled road name or an incorrect corporate boundary – may be addressed with a written correction, or “comment.”

Questioning if the modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect, requires an appeal, which must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim. Because submitting an appeal requires some time and effort, property owners and lessees are encouraged to review the updated flood maps now to determine interest in pursuing this option.

“If you are interested in submitting a comment or appeal, we highly recommend that you first discuss it with your local floodplain administrator so they can provide you with guidance on the process,” said Rockfield. “Appeals must be submitted through your local floodplain administrator.”

Information must be sent directly to the community Chief Executive Officer, Presiding Commissioner Duane Ebeling at 117 S. Market Street, Suite 100, Memphis, MO 63555. The courthouse is also designated as the community map repository, for public viewing. Additonal information is also available online at https://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata and map viewing is available at https://msc.fema.gov.

Individuals providing information who have been determined by FEMA to meet the criteria of “appellant” as articulated in 44 CFR 67.5 will be sent a copy of the resolution letter, which names them as appellants. Individuals who provide only comments may not be notified.