The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just released new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Washoe County, including the incorporated City of Reno. The new flood maps are part of the transition from paper flood maps to digital flood maps under the Map Modernization program, a federally mandated program to update the nation’s flood hazard data.
While most of the region will see no changes to the flood hazard risk, a few areas, primarily in south Reno, will have residents and business owners that were previously mapped in low to moderate flood risk zones being re-mapped into high flood risk zones.
To ensure that all affected residents and business owners understand the map change process and are aware of their options, a series of educational and outreach activities will be held. Public meetings have been scheduled for November 17th and 24th, 2008 so that residents can view the new maps, understand how their properties may be affected, and learn more about financial steps that they may need to take to protect their investment.
In early November, affected property owners should receive a written invitation letter to the public open house meetings to be held in November. If your property/properties is/are not listed in the Affected Property Addresses document, then your property should not be affected by the map changes. Links to several documents and websites are provided below:
- Letter Sent to Affected Owners
- Maps of affected areas within the City of Reno:
- Slide Show Presentation from 11-08 Public Meeting
- List of Affected Property Addresses within the City of Reno
- Frequently Asked Questions regarding Map Mod and flood map changes
- Agenda and location map for November open house meetings
- FEMA Response Letter to Reno
- General flood information from FEMA
- National Flood Insurance Program information
For more information, please contact Joe Coudriet or Kerri Williams-Lanza of the City of Reno Public Works Department at 775-334-2679 or 775-334-2683, respectively. Their hours of availability are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.