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About the Maricopa Flood Remap
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has completed a multi-year study to update the City’s flood hazard maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). These new flood hazard maps will become effective on June 16, 2014 and are important tools used in the effort to reduce the risk of future flooding in the City of Maricopa.
 
This is a significant accomplishment as it marks the first time in over 30 years that a detailed study of the City’s flood zones has been conducted. Since that time, drainage patterns have changed due to land development, surface erosion and other natural forces. As a result, the likelihood of flooding in some areas has increased significantly. Moreover, the technology used to estimate flooding has been much improved. Up-to-date maps will more accurately represent the risk of flooding and will provide residents and business owners with the most current, reliable data about the flood hazards they face; therefore, helping them make more informed decisions about insuring and protecting their property against floods.
 
As a result of the new flood hazard maps, many property owners will find that their building’s flood risk is higher than they thought and those with a mortgage will most likely be required to buy flood insurance. Other property owners will find that the flood risk has reduced; however, it has not been removed. Low-cost insurance is available through the
Preferred Risk Policy. To learn more about flood insurance and the lower-cost rating options offered by the National Flood Insurance Program, contact your insurance agent or visit www.FloodSmart.gov.
 
In addition, changes in flood zones could mean changes in building requirements. If you will be building or substantially improving a building in an area that has changed, contact the City of Maricopa to learn what changes in building requirements may also have occurred.
 
To identify how your property’s flood risk may have changed, locate your property in the
Flood Zone Comparison Viewer. Should you have questions, please email them to Pinal County Flood Control at: floodcontrol@pinalcountyaz.gov. If you believe your property was incorrectly included in a high-risk area (known as a Special Flood Hazard Area, SFHA), you may submit an application to FEMA for a formal determination of the property's location and/or elevation relative to the SFHA.

To personally help you identify how your property may be affected and better understand these changes and options you have, FEMA and local officials will be holding public meetings at these times and location:
 
Dates/Times:
Monday, April 14, 2014, 5:30-7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:30-7:00 PM
 
Location:
Maricopa Wells Middle School Multi-Purpose Room
45725 West Honeycutt Avenue
Maricopa, Arizona 85139