Federal officials released a new flood map for the City of Lubbock on Thursday, which will take effect for use in flood insurance on January 2, 2013.
The new map shows areas where flooding risk increased, decreased and stayed the same. Most of Lubbock is shown in the color gray, which means flooding risk stayed the same. There are many areas of green, which indicate improvement and a few areas of red which indicate increased risk.
As just one example, several neighborhoods inside the loop between Slide Road and Utica Avenue show improvement. By contrast, the 4700 blocks of 59th and 60th streets are splattered in red on the map.
A written statement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says, "Before the maps are final, state, local and federal officials are encouraging everyone to view the maps to understand their flood risk and consider purchasing flood insurance."
FEMA also says, "Flooding is the #1 natural disaster in the United States."
However, private insurance will not cover flooding and the only way to get flood insurance is to purchase it through the National Flood Insurance Program.
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Link to Interactive Map
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