On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS), on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is hosting an Open House meeting to present the revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Tazewell County Illinois and Incorporated Areas.
The Open House for the public at large is from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The location is the Tazewell County Justice Building, James Carius Community Room, 101 South Capitol Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554. The purpose of the Open House is to review the history of the Tazewell County project, present the revised preliminary FIS and FIRM panels, review the changes incorporated since the original preliminary FIRM/FIS release in 2010, discuss the process of reviewing and adopting the documents, and to solicit public comments.
Citizens living in or near areas of special flood hazards, realtors, insurance agents, developers, representatives of lending institutions, as well as individuals or organizations in the community which would have an interest in the FIRM and FIS report are encouraged to review them thoroughly and attend the formal community coordination meeting. The review period provides community officials and citizens in the affected communities with an opportunity to identify changes or corrections to non-technical information, such as corporate limits, road names, and stream names on the FIRM or in the FIS report. FEMA has posted digital copies of the FIRM and FIS report materials to the following Website: www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata. Additionally, ISWS has provided additional resources at the following Website: www.illinoisfloodmaps.org.
Preliminary products were originally released July 9, 2010. A Consultation Coordination Officer (CCO) Meeting/Open House was held, and comment and appeal periods were completed. Meanwhile, on April 7, 2011, FEMA issued a memorandum withholding the issuance of Letters of Final Determination (LFD) for communities/counties with levees that could not be accredited as providing protection per Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Chapter 44 Section 65.10, thus placing active, affected map actions and specific tasks on hold while new levee risk modeling procedures and guidance were developed. This new levee mapping guidance has now been developed, enabling FEMA/ISWS to restart the Tazewell County project.
This revised countywide project includes all approved changes resulting from the 2010 comment period, updated corporate boundaries and base map (2011 aerial photograph), and one addition Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) in the City of Washington.
Comments may be sent to Shelly Fuller, Illinois State Water Survey, 2204 Griffith Drive, Champaign, Illinois 61820-7463. Please submit comments (digital format preferred) no later than 30 days after the CCO Meeting. Comments and changes received during this review period will be incorporated, as appropriate, before the FIRM and FIS report become effective.
After the 30-day review period has ended and all comments have been addressed, FEMA will initiate final preparation of the FIRM and FIS report. The new FIRM and FIS report will become effective approximately 10 months later. Comments on the Preliminary FIRM panels and FIS report are an important part of FEMA’s review process, and will be considered carefully before FEMA publishes the FIRM and FIS report in their final form.