FEMA's Denton, TX office announced today that newly released preliminary flood maps for Lubbock County are available to the public.  FEMA encourages homeowners, renters and business owners in Lubbock County to look over newly released preliminary flood maps in order to determine their flood risks and make informed decisions about protecting their property.

Lubbock County officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are presenting the preliminary maps to communities and unincorporated areas in order to help leaders and residents identify known flood risks and use that information to make decisions about buying flood insurance and how the community should move forward with any development.

"As we work together with our state and local partners to bring this critical information to the county, we ask that everyone review the maps to understand what flood risks are involved," said Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell. "The role of the community as an active partner in the flood mapping process is very important."

The preliminary maps can be viewed online after September 16th at: http://riskmap6.com/TX/Lubbock/ or at the Lubbock City Hall and Lubbock County Courthouse.

FEMA also states that, in the coming weeks, the public will have an opportunity to provide feedback and input during a 90-day comment period on the maps.