FEMA flood maps available for Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard parishes

Denton, Texas - FEMA invites residents of Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes to take a look at preliminary flood maps and participate in a 90-day comment period.

The agency encourages homeowners to view the maps to get a better understanding of where flood risks have been identified.

People who have comments or who would like to file an appeal must do so between July 3 and Sept. 30.

FEMA says appeals must be based on technical data that show proposed maps to be scientifically inaccurate. Residents are also allowed to comment on map features which they feel are incorrect, such as roads or jurisdictional boundaries.

You can also participate in a live chat service about flood maps at http://go.usa.gov/r6C  and click on the "Live Chat" icon.

To contact a FEMA Map Specialist call 1-877-FEMA Map (1-877-336-2627) or email FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.