The update to the Flood Insurance Rate Map for Bradford County is nearing completion.

The new map will provide communities in Bradford County with up-to-date flood risk information and tools that can be used to enhance local mitigation plans, and help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance. The local mapping project is part of a nationwide effort to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce those risks. The work in Bradford County has been led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and local community officials. Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Map is finalized, there will be a 90-day appeal period during which local residents and property owners can provide additional data for consideration before the map is finalized. The appeal period is expected to begin this month.

The new map is still a preliminary version. Property owners are encouraged to review the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements, and to identify any concerns or questions about the information provided. Changes, including increases and decreases in floodplain extents, since the last flood insurance rate map for Bradford County can be viewed online on FEMA’s Region III Changes Since Last FIRM viewer (https://arcg.is/19zmLP).

Those who believe the modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect may submit an appeal, which must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support your claim. Those who see incorrect information that does not involve changing the flood hazard-related information — such as a missing or misspelled road name or an incorrect corporate boundary — can submit a written correction, or “comment.” For those interested in submitting a comment or appeal, it is highly recommend to first discuss it with the local floodplain administrator so they can provide guidance on the process. To view specific community preliminary flood maps, visit the FEMA Map Service Center at https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home.

Contact the Bradford County Community Planning and Mapping Services Office at (570) 268-4103 with any questions related to the new maps.