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Alaska Risk MAP Program

Community Risk MAP Studies: Fairbanks North Star Borough

The Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) identified an updated flood study for Chena Slough as a local mapping need while an effective Flood Insurance Study, dated March 17, 2014, was being finalized. FEMA was unable to include an updated flood study for Chena Slough at that time. Since then, FNSB has completed an updated flood study for Chena Slough through FEMA's Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) program. FEMA’s mapping contractor has been tasked with performing Quality Assurance/Quality Control(QA/QC) of the flood study, and to incorporate the updated study data into Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for public release and review.

Preliminary Flood Insurance Study and FIRM Database Consultation Coordination Officer (CCO) Meeting Region X Service Center Quarterly Reports

Project Status

Recent Activity

Following release of the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Chena Slough on February 15, 2019, a Consultation Coordination Officer's Meeting was held in Fairbanks on April 23, 2019. At this meeting, FEMA provided an overview of what was updated on the maps, the regulatory process (appeal period, Letter of Final Determination, etc.), and how the Fairbanks North Star Borough would like to do the outreach to the public about the new maps. A Public Open House meeting was held on June 20, 2019 in North Pole, Alaska. The scope of this meeting was to educate the residents of the Borough on the preliminary map changes. Information regarding the regulatory and insurance implications of the new floodplain delineation will be provided to the meeting attendees. Subject matter experts were on hand to answer any questions from the community members.

Next Steps

The statutory 90-day appeal period will commence soon. The appeal period is the time when comments and appeals, with supporting technical data, may be submitted. Both technical and non-technical data will be accepted and reviewed for possible incorporation into the maps. Any owner or lessee of real property, within a community where a proposed flood elevation determination has been made who wishes to appeal and comment on the maps should submit their comments through the Borough. The Borough should submit these appeals and comments using one of the following methods:

Through the mail to:
FEMA Region 10 Service Center
20700 44th Ave. W., Suite 130
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Or through email to:
rscx@starr-team.com and cc: adam.pooler@starr-team.com and Dwight.perkins@fema.dhs.gov

If a constituent insists on submitting their appeal information directly to FEMA, one can provide these addresses to them for them to submit. Just note, that because the Borough is the official participant in the National Flood Insurance Program and is responsible for keeping their community reasonably safe from flooding, we will be providing copies back to the Borough so there is an awareness of what is being commented on and to allow the Borough to provide feedback on any comment or appeal. More details on the appeal process can be found here.

The following table illustrates project status and includes major milestones with dates:

Activity Actual or Projected End Date
Flood Study Kick-Off Meeting November 23, 2016
Preliminary DFIRM/FIS Release February 15, 2019
Consultation Coordination Officers (CCO) Meeting April 23, 2019
Public Meeting/Workshop June 20, 2019
90-Day Appeal Period Starts August/September 2019*
90-Day Appeal Period Ends November/December 2019*
Letter of Final Determination March/April 2020*
Maps and FIS become Effective September/October 2020*

*All projected dates are subject to revision as the project progresses

Contact for More Information

Sally Russell Cox
State of Alaska Risk MAP Coordinator
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1650
Anchorage, AK 99501-3569
Phone (907) 269-4588
Fax (907)269-4539
Email: sally.cox@alaska.gov