Apr 26

Selma Estates Project Update: April 26, 2021

Posted on April 26, 2021 at 4:21 PM by MaryFrances Forcier

  • As a result of the county’s formal request requesting the reconsideration of the Letter of Map Agreement (LOMA) determination, staff from the Department of Building and Development and representatives from Wood PLC met with a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contractor regarding next steps.

  • Based on those preliminary meetings, the county expects the following process will be taking place:
    • The Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) will need to be updated.
    • The county expects to receive two options for the FIRM updates by the end of April.
    • Following a review of those options, the process of updating the FIRM is expected to be initiated shortly thereafter.
    • A public comment/appeal period will be included in the FIRM update process, allowing the county the opportunity to review the information and ensure it aligns with the Wood data.
    • A new LOMA determination can be processed, based on that information, prior to the FIRM update.
Mar 31

Selma Estates Project Update: March 31, 2021

Posted on March 31, 2021 at 4:07 PM by MaryFrances Forcier

Project Update: March 31, 2021
  • The Department of Building and Development has submitted a formal request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), requesting a reconsideration of FEMA’s February 2, 2021 Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) determination.

  • This request is part of the county’s continuing efforts to define a process for incorporating data from the Wood PLC watershed study in the LOMA determination.

  • View the request here (PDF).
Mar 19

Selma Estates Project Update: March 19, 2021

Posted on March 19, 2021 at 6:01 PM by MaryFrances Forcier

Project Update: March 19, 2021
  • As reported in previous project updates, the Department of Building and Development has reviewed the Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on February 2, and has found that FEMA’s analysis does not appear to have incorporated data provided by the county’s consultant, Wood PLC (Wood).

  • Wood has been in discussions with FEMA’s MT-1 contractor (the contractor tasked with providing LOMA determinations on FEMA’s behalf for our FEMA Region). The contractor recognizes the validity of the data, but due to internal FEMA policies, is not able to change the determination without new guidance from FEMA. This issue is unprecedented; therefore, a clear process does not exist.

  • Wood’s watershed analysis provides detailed data for this project, and reflects the actual flow and flood conditions at the project area. Therefore, the Department of Building and Development will be submitting a formal request to FEMA requesting the data, and the use of the data, be reconsidered. We will update you as this process moves forward.