Northern Arizona community receives new flood maps from FEMA showing property risks

Published: Thursday, August 31, 2023 - 2:43pm
Updated: Friday, September 1, 2023 - 7:53am

The federal government says the landscape has changed some areas of Arizona where flooding has posed a real risk. Updated floodplain mapping is now available for one northern Arizona community. 

FEMA has been updating mapping of areas prone to flooding around the country. In northern Arizona’s Coconino County, the maps were preliminarily recalculated for the tiny community of Munds Park, just south of Flagstaff. 

"The last maps were about 30 years old. And in that time, we’ve had developments in technology in our ability to produce more accurate floodplain maps, and so we’ve gone through that process of updating that with FEMA and now have a more accurate picture of what flood risks looks like in Munds Park," said Sean Golightly, the county flood control district's community relations manager.

Some residents may find that their property is at risk when it wasn’t before, or the opposite. 

Public meetings are planned for Munds Park, and there is an appeals process as well. 

Two flood risk meetings have been scheduled next month. A virtual open house will be held online at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13, with an in-person meeting set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Pinewood Country Club. 

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