Preliminary flood maps in Smith County, TX ready for public view

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging homeowners, renters and business owners in Smith County, Texas, to look over newly released preliminary flood maps in order to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions about how they can protect life and property.

Smith County officials and FEMA are presenting the preliminary maps to communities and unincorporated areas in order to help leaders and residents identify known flood risks and use that information to make decisions about buying flood insurance and how the community should move forward with any development.

“As we work together with our state and local partners to bring this critical information to the county, we ask that everyone review the maps to understand what flood risks are involved,” said Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell. “The role of the community as an active partner in the flood mapping process is very important.”

Anyone interested in seeing the preliminary maps are asked to contact their local floodplain administrator. This person may be located at City Hall or the County Courthouse.