Draft flood maps available in South Thomaston
Friends of the Weskeag invites South Thomaston property owners and the general public to learn about the draft flood maps prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that are now available in the town office.
These maps reflect new requirements of the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012. FEMA will likely provide communities with newly revised preliminary maps in February. Eric Galant, executive director of Mid-Coast Regional Planning Commission, will explain how to read the maps, and how to request changes that may be warranted.
The meeting will take place at the South Thomaston Town Office 125 Spruce Head Road Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Flood maps are the tool FEMA uses to determine the flood risk property owners face. Prior to the enactment of the National Flood Insurance Program, fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program, property owners had no mechanism to protect themselves from the devastation of flooding, and in many parts of the United States, intensive development in the floodplain was exacerbating the flood risk.
The maps are the basis for federal flood insurance, which is required for mortgages on properties in flood zones. The maps are supposed to account for topography, water depths and wind speeds, among other factors, to determine which areas are at risk for flooding so severe that it may come only once in a century. In some areas, the new maps could extend flood zones farther inland, putting more homes and businesses in zones considered high-risk (see floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/). The maps are not final. Individuals, businesses and municipalities can appeal flood zone classifications during a 90-day period. After appeals and final reviews, the maps are projected to take effect in the summer of 2015, according to FEMA.
For more information, contact Vivian Newman at 691-2120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.