Effective Jan. 17, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a new map of the floodplains affecting Manitou Springs, FEMA announced this week. In general, base flood elevations for properties along Fountain, Ruxton and Sutherland Creeks were lowered, which should positively impact flood insurance rates within the city.
In Early 2013, the City of Manitou Springs together with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) mapped revised flow rates along Fountain Creek.
The recently completed FEMA assessment resulted in a map revision for Manitou Springs. The new map delineates areas that may be affected by flooding and provides “zones” based on the anticipated severity/frequency of flooding.
Some properties saw a reduction in the base flood elevations. The lower flood levels, which result in some properties being removed from the areas anticipated for most severe flooding, should affect flood insurance rates within Manitou Springs.
A copy of the new map can be downloaded at the “Floodplain” page of the PPRBD website at www.pprbd.org/flood_files/13-08-0369P_LOMR-fianl_approval.pdf. This information should be discussed with an insurance provider, who can help advise regarding retaining or obtaining a flood policy whether or not the changes impact your property.
For questions, call the National Flood Insurance Program Region 8 office at (303) 235-4988 or the PPRBD Floodplain Office at 327-2898.