LIVE OAK, FLA., MARCH 7, 2023 – The timeframe for public feedback for the Santa Fe Watershed Flood Risk Maps updates has been extended until the end of April.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Suwannee River Water Management District (District), hosted a series of meetings in late February for citizens to provide feedback on proposed flood zones changes to their property. Additionally, a 30-day period was opened to allow for public comment following the meetings for those unable to attend.
However, due to continued feedback from the public regarding proposed changes to flood maps, the District requested to extend the public comment period to 60 days, which now ends April 30.
Those with requested changes and feedback to the existing maps should utilize this critical time to provide written comments. Changes requested after April 30 may require engineering studies and other formal analysis.
Map changes based on feedback are not guaranteed, but data or photos from recent flood events are encouraged to be submitted for consideration. Preliminary maps are expected to be available early next year, with the new flood maps going into effect in 2025.
Additional information, including the presentations made during the meeting and flood zone designation status, can be found by visiting www.SRWMDfloodreport.com/virtual.
The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. The District holds true to the belief of water for nature, water for people. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties.
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