For immediate release - September 2, 2011
Leesburg to Offer Online Reference for Proposed Changes to Federal Flood Maps
Interactive maps showing proposed changes to federally designated flood zones will be available on the City of Leesburg’s website beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating official maps of base flood elevations across the country. Changes will impact flood risk designations used for – among other things - planning, development and property insurance.
Leesburg is among more than 20,000 communities in the United States that enforce flood-plain management rules to help protect existing and future construction.
Information about the proposed flood zone changes is available online at www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe. Leesburg’s interactive maps will be available at www.leesburgflorida.gov beginning Sept. 6.
Interested parties can appeal proposed changes from Sept. 14 to Dec. 13, 2011. Leesburg will adopt the changes after that period.
For more information, contact the FEMA Map Assistance Center toll free at 877-FEMAMAP or Leesburg’s Community Development Department at 352-728-9760.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.