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FEMA Initiates 90-Day Appeal Period for City of St. Charles Flood Hazard Determination Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a public notice regarding the start of the 90-day appeal period for the proposed flood hazard determinations maps. The maps include portions of the City of St. Charles, generally the areas around the 7th Avenue Creek, 7th Avenue Creek Tributary and portions of the Fox River.

The 90-day appeal period allows community officials and citizens the opportunity to appeal FEMA’s proposed flood hazard information. The City encourages anyone who has questions regarding the proposed FEMA mapping revisions and 90-day appeal process to review the information on this page.

FEMA 90-Day Appeal Process FAQs

How Do I Know If My Property Is Included In the Proposed Map Revisions?

Digital copies of the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report materials are on FEMA’s website at https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/searchResult.action. Select State of Illinois and Kane County on the drop-down menus. If you don’t have access to the internet, please contact the St. Charles Public Works Department at 630-377-4486 to set up an appointment to view a hard copy.

What Can Be Appealed?

For a complete listing of the Criteria for Appeals of Flood Insurance Rate Maps visit https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/5270aa93d5b892c8420248bc8f40a1ee...(EAP)+Criteria.pdf.

In general, the sole basis for appeals is the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the proposed flood hazard determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect. Only appeals of the proposed flood hazard determinations supported by scientific or technical data can be considered before FEMA makes its final flood hazard determination at the end of the 90-day appeal period. However, FEMA also will consider comments and inquiries regarding data other than the proposed flood hazard determinations (e.g., incorrect street names, typographical errors, omissions) that are submitted during the appeal period, and will be incorporate any appropriate changes to the FIRM and FIS report before they become effective.

What Should Be Included In My Appeal?

Contact information (Name, Address, Phone, Email), specific location and identification of item being appealed, scientific or technical data to support your appeal.

What Will the Map Updates Include?

The Preliminary FIRM and FIS report include proposed flood hazard information for certain locations in the City of St. Charles. This may include additions to or modifications of Special Flood Hazard Areas, the areas that would be inundated by the base (1-percent-annual-chance) flood; base flood elevations or depths; zone designations or regulatory floodways.

When Do I Need to Submit My Appeal?

All appeals should be submitted in writing by December 1, 2017, to allow the City adequate time to review and incorporate as appropriate.

Where Can I Get Additional Information Regarding the Statutory 90-Day Period for Appeals

Visit FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe

Who Can Appeal?

Any owner or lessee of real property who believes his or her property rights will be adversely affected by the proposed flood hazard determinations.

Who Do I submit My Appeal To?

All appeals must be made in writing to:

City of St. Charles
Attn: Karen R. Young, P.E., CFM
Assistant Director of Public Works – Engineering
Two East Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Or Via email to kryoung@stcharlesil.gov

As required by FEMA, the City of St. Charles will be collecting all appeals and submitting the information as appropriate to FEMA as part of one larger package.

Information, Resources and Assistance

Flood Protection

For the purpose of identifying flood zones to determine flood insurance rates, the Flood Insurance Rate Maps prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Kane County are currently used.

For the purpose of regulating property development, the above mentioned FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps are used to determine whether or not a property is subject to special building requirements.

Information on whether your property is in the 100-year floodplain can be obtained by visiting the Public Works Engineering Division at 1405 South 7th Avenue. Maps are available to look at as well as other flood-related information. The City also has Elevation Certificates for new development available dating back to 1992. Contact the Public Works Engineering Division at (630) 377-4486 for further assistance.

updated Mar 23, 2018