Several mapping studies have taken place in the Kenai Peninsula Borough over the past several years, in additon to the Risk MAP Coastal Flood Study described in detail below.
This Physical Map Revision project included 8 miles of revised coastal hazard analysis that included collection of storm surge data (coastal hydrology) and conduct overland wave height analysis (coastal hydraulics), in addition to computing wave runup. The new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) became effective November 6, 2013.
This project includes the detailed study of 2.5 miles near the confluence of Japanese Creek. The study contains both an alluvial fan and a levee. The study scope includes the development of topography, field survey, basemap, and hydrology, which have all been completed. The project has been placed on hold until FEMA's new levee analysis and mapping approach has been finalized.
This legacy Map Modernization project included the modeling of Bear Creek, Grouse Creek, Kwechak Creek, Resurrection River, Salmon Creek, and Sawmill Creek and mapping within the City of Seward and adjacent Borough lands. The new FIRMs became effective September 27, 2013.
FEMA and the State of Alaska are conducting a coastal Risk MAP Study in the Kenai Peninsula Borough that began in 2011.
The scope of work of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Risk MAP Study includes (see also the map below):
The project is currently in the production stage. The following table illustrates project status and includes major milestones with dates:
*All projected dates are subject to revision as the project progresses
**Due to a map repository address error for the City of Seward on a DFIRM Map Index, a correction noticed had to be submitted to FEMA and a subsequent Appeals and Protests period for the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the City of Seward will begin in early June 2015 and end in early September 2015. The City of Homer had an appeal period that ended on 4/28/2015. The City of Homer will sit idle while the second Appeal Period for the Borough and City of Seward takes place. At the conclusion of the second appeal period all three communities will go through the remaining FEMA required steps to reach an LFD date in early February 2016.
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