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South Valley Flood Reduction Project Saves Money for South Valley Residents


Almost 300 South Valley property owners will be receiving letters this week notifying them of the change in their flood zone status. For the properties removed from the floodplain, mandatory flood insurance will no longer be required for federally backed mortgages and that means a savings to those property owners.

“Property owners need to take the initiative to get the insurance savings,” says District 2 Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada. “Property owners who have a federally backed mortgage are urged to contact their mortgage companies and begin the process.”

The South Valley Flood Reduction Project is a large-scale, multi-year, multi-million dollar comprehensive storm drain project to remove the South Valley floor from the floodplain. The overall project is comprised of multiple smaller storm drain projects that will link together to create a network that will move rainfall from the South Valley through drains or diversion channels, ultimately, to the Rio Grande.

As part of the South Valley Flood Reduction Project, the county completed a hydrologic study, the analysis of how water travels across the land’s surface to where it ponds, of a 523-acre area in the South Valley. The county applied for a federal Letter of Map Revision (a request to remap floodplain boundaries) with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and after a 90-day appeal period, the new floodplain map was formally approved and went into effect.

The boundaries of the properties removed from the floodplain are Barcelona Road to the south, Isleta Drain to the west, and the Armijo Drain to the north and east. Property owners can expect to receive their notification letters by the end of this week.

Residents who have questions or need more information can call the BernCo Public Works Division at (505) 848-1520.

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