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Posted on: April 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Reminder: Public comment period for Santa Fe Watershed flood maps ends April 30

LIVE OAK, FLA., APRIL 3, 2023 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) wants to remind residents in the Santa Fe Watershed of the extended timeframe for public feedback. 

Residents have until April 30 to provide feedback on potential flood zone changes. The April 30 deadline is an extension from the original deadline of late March. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the District, hosted a series of meetings in February for citizens to provide feedback on proposed flood zones changes to their property. For those who could not attend, a public comment period was authorized for additional feedback. 

Those with requested changes and feedback on the existing maps should utilize this critical time to provide written comments. Changes requested after April 30 may require engineering studies and other formal analysis. 

Map changes based on feedback are not guaranteed, but data or photos from recent flood events are encouraged to be submitted for consideration. Preliminary maps are expected to be available early next year, with the new flood maps going into effect in 2025.

Additional information, including the presentations made during the meeting and flood zone designation status, can be found by visiting www.SRWMDfloodreport.com/virtual

The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. The District holds true to the belief of water for nature, water for people. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties.

For more information about the District, visit www.MySuwanneeRiver.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

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