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Posted on: September 26, 2019

FEMA Initiates 90-Day Appeal Period for New Floodplain Maps and Studies for Unincorporated Areas


Story County received official notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of a 90 day appeal and comment period for the proposed new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for the unincorporated portions of Story County. FEMA initiated the appeal on September 26, 2019, and it ends on December 26, 2019. Interested parties who wish to appeal the proposed changes must file a written Appeal providing the necessary documentation required by FEMA. Costs for necessary Study and documentation to file an appeal are the responsibility of individual property owners.

FEMA has specified that the sole basis for appeal is scientific documentation that the Preliminary flood hazard determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect due to a mathematical or measurement error or changed physical condition(s). All appeals will be reviewed and resolved by a Scientific Resolution Panel. All submittals are considered to be “comments” unless accompanied by the required scientific documentation. Comments on other aspects of the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps, such as road name and corporate limit changes, will also be accepted.

Unincorporated property owners who wish to submit an appeal are encouraged to contact Leanne Harter, Story County Floodplain Manager, at 515-382-7247. All costs associated with scientific and accompanying documentation are the responsibility of individual property owners. All appeals are to be submitted via mail or email to the addresses noted below no later than Monday, December 9, 2019.

Written appeals may be delivered to the following:

By Mail to Story County, Board of Supervisors, 900 6th Street, Nevada, Iowa 50201

By Email to

For more information about submitting an appeal, please refer to Criteria for Appeal of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FEMA) which may be found at:

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