Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in appeal and comment periods for the maps.

MIAMI – New preliminary flood risk information and updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) are available for review by residents and business owners of Grand Lake O’Cherokees areas listed below. Officials encourage property owners to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in appeal and comment periods for the maps.

The new flood risk information and FIRM resulted from a long-term flood study lead by a team of local community, state, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials. Significant community review has already taken place, including flood risk open houses, where residents and business owners in the affected counties were able to learn more about the new preliminary flood risk information and view the maps.

The detailed digital maps show current flood hazards for and replace flood maps that are based on outdated studies and technology. The maps provide more precise flood hazard information for those areas.

The new information and updated flood insurance rate maps relate to the following areas. The appeals deadlines for each are as follows:

Ottawa County

Deadline September 17, 2018, for the communities of Afton, Commerce, Fairland, Miami, North Miami, Quapaw, Wyandotte, Wyandotte Nation and unincorporated areas of Ottawa County.

Craig County

Deadline September 16, 2018, for the communities of Big Cabin, Bluejacket, Ketchum, Vinita, Welch and unincorporated areas of Craig County.

Delaware County

Deadline September 17, 2018, for the communities of Bernice, Grove, Jay and unincorporated areas of Delaware County.

Mayes County

Deadline September 18, 2018, for the communities of Disney, Grand Lake Towne, Langley and unincorporated areas of Mayes County.

Property owners can submit an appeal if they perceive that modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect. An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim. Appeals must be submitted through the office of the county or local community floodplain administrator.

If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information—such as a missing or misspelled road name or an incorrect corporate boundary—they can submit a written comment.

In addition to viewing the preliminary maps at their local floodplain administrator’s office, residents and business owners may:

View preliminary DFIRM maps of the Grand Lake O’Cherokees, which encompasses, Craig, Delaware, Mayes and Ottawa counties, online at:  http://maps.riskmap6.com/OK/Ottawa/ http://maps.riskmap6.com/OK/Craig/ http://maps.riskmap6.com/OK/Delaware/ http://maps.riskmap6.com/OK/Mayes/ Use a live chat service about flood maps at go.usa.gov/r6C (just click on the “Live Chat” icon) Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone; toll-free, at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.

The next step in the mapping process is the resolution of all appeals. Once they are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps, which is targeted for spring 2019.