Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps Released

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has formally released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Nueces County.  The City of Corpus Christi is included in this release, as such, the community has had several months now to review these new FIRMs. 

FEMA has now opened the formal appeals process period for anyone in the community to file a formal appeal on any of the new FIRMs.

Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings.

Comments are to be submitted on or before July 26, 2016.

The Preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at for comparison.

You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1603, to the respective Community. Comments will then be sent to Rick Sacbibit, Chief, Engineering Services Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-7659, or (email)