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Appeal period delayed for proposed FEMA floodplain map
DRIPPING SPRINGS, TEXAS – October 20 – The formal appeal and comment period regarding the proposed FEMA floodplain maps for Hays County, is expected to begin in early 2018. Projections are for a February 2018 start of the 90-day appeal period. 

FEMA is asking citizens to formally submit their appeals and comments through their floodplain administrators. Comments received during the open house (held in August) must be formally submitted during the appeal period to be eligible for mapping changes. 
The projected February 2018 appeal period start, rather than the previously projected October/November 2017 appeal period start, will allow more time for the community and other officials to gather comments after the fall/winter holiday season. It also allows FEMA and the community an opportunity to further discuss the remaining project timeline and share information with local stakeholders. 
A form is available for citizens who live in the city limits to submit comments and appeals to Rick Coneway, Floodplain Administrator for the City of Dripping Springs. Please visit,
to access the form and submit to Residents can also drop off their completed forms at city hall during normal business hours (Mon-Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

For those who have comments regarding the unincorporated areas of Hays County, send them to Hays County Floodplain Administrator Tom Pope at or Hays County Development Services, PO Box 1006, San Marcos, TX 78667.

About the proposed FEMA floodplain maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the State of Texas, and local communities and counties, have released preliminary flood maps for public review and comment.  These preliminary flood maps—known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)—are providing updated flood risk information for many areas in Hays County and along San Marcos River in Caldwell, Gonzales, Guadalupe, and Hays Counties. In Hays County, the flood hazard study includes areas along the Blanco and San Marcos Rivers, and many tributaries as well as Onion Creek, Barton Creek, Bear Creek and their tributaries.  Property owners are encouraged to view the maps at to see the specific areas being remapped and how they may be affected.

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