New preliminary flood maps for Craig County are ready for review.
County residents are encouraged to examine these maps, either in their local community’s government offices or online, to decide whether they need to buy flood insurance. Additionally, residents and community leaders can make informed decisions about building and development.
A team consisting of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state and local officials cooperated to produce them.
“The City of Vinita’s Flood Plain Administrator and I have worked with our federal and state partners to bring this critical information to the area. We hope that everyone reviews the maps to understand the flood risks involved,” said Morris Bluejacket, Director of Craig County Emergency Management (CCEM). “It is important for the community to be a participant in the flood mapping process.”
To actually find where in the Craig County Court House you can view the hard copy of revised flood maps for those with property outside Vinita’s city limits, please contact County Clerk’s Office at 918-256-2507; to view Vinita’s maps pertaining to only properties within the city, contact Vinita Director of Operations in City Hall offices at 918-256-6468.
Bluejacket adds, “We in the Craig County have the opportunity right now to provide changes or corrections to non-technical information, such as corporate limits, road names, and stream names on the FIRMs or in the FIS Report.” Please submit comments no later than Wednesday, November 29th to either the Vinita Director of Operations (if non-technical comments refer to property within the corporate city limits of Vinita) or Bluejacket (any property falling outside Vinita corporate limits). Craig County residents will also have another opportunity to submit their technical comments on the proposed maps during a 90-day Appeals Period which will be scheduled later sometime in 2018.
You can also visit http://msc.fema.gov/portal or http://maps.riskmap6.com/OK/Craig/. To contact a FEMA map specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or send an email to FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.
Residents who determine that they have flood risks can buy a flood insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Visit https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program/ and use the NFIP Call Center, 1-800-621-3362, Option 2, to speak to a FEMA specialist.