Tuesday, March 09, 2010
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to issue the interim Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for the Albuquerque West Levee Overbank Area. This will remove over half (approximately 1,041) of the affected properties from the Special Flood Hazard Area, Zone A restoring them to Zone X, which is protected by the levee. Additionally, about 793 properties will be moved from Zone A and placed into Zone AE, an area that has less of a flood hazard and could reduce their flood insurance burden depending on their specific situation. 75 properties will be adversely affected by these flood zone area changes and therefore, may be required to purchase flood insurance depending on their specific situation.
Notification letters are being sent out today to each property owner that is going to have the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) established or Flood Zone area increased. The letters will be asking for their written approval of the flood zone area changes or to file an appeal.
“This is good news. I would like to thank Senator Bingaman who helped with $4.5 million in federal funding to upgrade the levees as well as urging FEMA to revise the flood map along with Representative Heinrich. I would also like to thank Bernalillo County Public Works, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, and the Army Corps of Engineers for addressing this problem together,” states Commissioner Art De La Cruz. “We have long awaited the word on when residents would benefit from the lowering of flood insurance premiums or the dropping of flood insurance altogether. However, in order to make it work, affected residents, those receiving letters must respond as soon as possible. I am working with our Public Works Division to organize a meeting at the Los Padillas Community Center as soon as possible. I have requested the Public Works Division to invite representatives from FEMA, AMAFCA, the Corps of Engineers, and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District to answer questions and to help the community figure out what steps they need to do in this process in order to get immediate relief.”
For more information about the revised flood zone areas, or the upcoming meeting at Los Padillas Community Center, please visit www.bernco.gov
or call the Bernalillo County Public Works Division at 848-1500.
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