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Hillsborough County Announces Preliminary Flood Map Update For Eastern Delaney Creek Area

Hillsborough County has completed a multi-year flood map update project, in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to re-examine the eastern Delaney Creek area’s flood risk and create more detailed flood hazard maps. Just released for public review, the preliminary flood hazard maps now more accurately reflect the flood risk for the area. The area affected is in the Palm River/Clair-Mel community and is approximately bounded by 78th Street to the west, Adamo Drive to the north, Interstate 75 to the east, and Causeway Boulevard to the south.

To ensure that everyone within eastern Delaney Creek area has access to the most accurate and up-to-date information, the preliminary maps are being made available for public review and comment before they become effective next year.

The remapping of eastern Delaney Creek covers about 2,620 parcels, structures and housing units, with only 471 being affected by a change in flood status. Letters have been sent from the County to all of the property owners affected by this change that include individualized maps showing proposed changes to their property’s flood risk.

Major changes to flood zone designations for affected properties include:
  • 142 parcels that were partially in a high-risk zone are now fully mapped out of the high-risk zone
  • 23 structures are newly mapped out of high-risk zone
  • 86 parcels are going into the high-risk zone, but not the structures on the parcels
  • Six (6) structures are newly mapped into high-risk zone
Map updates may affect flood insurance requirements for some properties. Owners of structures newly mapped into a high-risk area may be required to carry flood insurance as a part of their mortgage agreement. For structures newly mapped from a high-risk flood area to a moderate- or low-risk area, insurance will no longer be federally mandated; however, the risk has only been reduced, not removed. Affected property owners are encouraged to talk to their insurance agent to learn what cost-saving options may be available.

Residents will have an opportunity to review these new flood maps online on the Flood Map webpages, at an open house listed below on Thursday, Oct. 18, or in person at County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., downtown Tampa, upon request by calling 813-307-4541. Should any resident wish to file an appeal, they can do so between Oct. 15, 2012 and Jan. 16, 2013 if they have scientific or technical data to show that they are inaccurate. County staff will assist residents with any submissions during this review period.

Once the County finishes reviewing any appeals and comments and requested changes that need to be incorporated, FEMA will issue a Letter of Final Determination, targeted by spring 2013. Six months later in early Fall 2013, the Physical Map Revision for the eastern area of the Delaney Creek basin will become effective, as will any new flood insurance requirements. However, starting immediately, these flood hazard maps will be used in helping to determine requirements for construction and development on affected properties.

Flood Map Update Open House To provide residents and business owners in the area and the public an opportunity to discuss the preliminary maps and ask questions, the County is holding an open house on Thursday, Oct. 18. Separate times are set aside during the open house for business owners and land owners and for residential owners to allow time for staff to focus on each group’s particular flood map-related questions and concerns.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 18
Times: 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. – Business Owners and Land Owners
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. – Residential Owners and General Public
Location:   Dowdell Middle Magnet School Multi-Purpose Room,
1208 Wishing Well Way, Tampa 33619

For the latest information on this process, visit the Flood Maps webpages or contact the Hillsborough County Citizen Services Section at 813-635-5400 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).