FEMA has made available for review Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for certain municipalities and unincorporated areas in northwest Arkansas.
The maps cover Elm Springs, Elkins, Farmington, Fayetteville, Greenland, Johnson, Springdale, West Fork, Tontitown, Winslow, Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Goshen; as well as unincorporated areas of Washington County, Arkansas.
Officials encourage residential and commercial property owners to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements.
For this physical map revision, the FIRMs for Washington County serve multiple purposes, including defining Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) and setting rates for flood insurance. SFHAs are areas at high risk for flooding. Communities and residents can use the information to make informed decisions about building, development and flood insurance.
FEMA stresses that flooding can and does happen outside of the most vulnerable areas. More than 25% of flood damage occurs outside SFHAs, according to the federal agency.
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