August 20, 2020 |

Property owners living on the south side of Rawlins near Sugar Creek may soon be required to purchase flood insurance, essentially doubling the cost of their homeowners insurance.

FEMA’s updated floodplain maps identify this part of the city as a “special flood hazard area.” The City of Rawlins is weighing three options, but they want the public’s feedback moving forward.

Residents in the updated floodplain will be contacted by the city early next week, and officials are encouraging feedback from all Rawlins residents, including those unaffected by the potential change. Cali O’Hare has the story.

Rawlins residents, especially those living near the Sugar Creek area, are encouraged to provide feedback to the City of Rawlins. To do so electronically, follow this link:

Citizens can also provide feedback by dropping off letters in the city’s bill pay drop box on the north side of City Hall, located at 521 W. Cedar Street. The City of Rawlins is reaching out to all affected residents early next week to notify them of the possible change. Once public meeting dates for Rawlins are firmed up, the public will be notified.

FEMA Preliminary Panel Viewer provides the public an early look at their home or community’s projected risk to flood hazards. Click here to access it:

Carbon County Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) provides a closer look at the data:,41.0659,-105.374,42.4184

Related: Public meetings slated to discuss FEMA floodplain maps

Click here to view the full size Floodplain map – west

Click here to view the full size Floodplain map – center

Click here to view the full size Floodplain map – east

Register to attend a public meeting at

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