New County Flood Zone Maps Will Affect Insurance Premiums
Attendees will see paper or digital versions of the preliminary flood maps and information tables will be set up around the room, where staff from FEMA, local communities and engineering contractors will answer questions about flood insurance, engineering and development permit requirements.
Attendees can also pick up a variety of printed information.
Some important reasons to attend the open house include:
See if your home or business is affected by changes in designations of high-risk special flood hazard areas;
Ask questions about how the map changes may affect your flood insurance premiums;
Learn more about the engineering behind the new maps,
Ask questions about permitting in the flood zone,
Understand your flood risk better,
Understand the map adoption process; and
Get information about how to file an appeal if you have better technical data.
A few weeks after the open house, there will be a 90-day appeal and comment period. Once all appeals and comments have been addressed, the community will have six months until the maps become "effective." The communities will use this time to adopt the new flood maps into their local ordinances.