Representatives from FEMA will host an in-person flood map information open house on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 6 – 8 p.m. ET and a virtual flood map information open house on Tuesday, Feb. 21, , from 6 – 8 p.m. ET for communities in Carroll County. The open houses will give residents the chance to review preliminary versions of a recently completed Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The same information will be shared at both meetings.
The FIS and the FIRMs provide base flood (also known as the 1%-annualchance event) information, designate areas that are subject to significant flood hazards within areas of the county and offer information that public officials may use when permitting development in the floodplain.
Experts at the open houses will help residents understand flood risk and flood insurance, floodplain development regulations and the mapping process. Residents can meet with experts one-on-one to view their own addresses on the new maps. They’ll learn about their specific risk and ways to help prevent flood loss.
Once effective, the maps will be used as the basis for flood insurance ratings as well as local flood protection regulations adopted under the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA encourages public officials to use the maps to assist planning processes and prepare communities to quickly respond to and recover from future events.
The in-person open house on Feb. 15 will be held at the Community Center, 311 N. Washington Street, Delphi.
The virtual Open House on Feb. 21 will be by Zoom. Visit fema.zoomgov.com and enter the following: Meeting ID: 160 748 3040, Passcode: 427905 or call (551) 285-1373 and enter the meeting ID and passcode listed above.
Property owners, realtors, lenders and insurance agents are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their community. Digital files of the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report can be downloaded from www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata.
Those who may need a reasonable accommodation (sign language interpreters, Braille, CART, etc.) should send an email to FEMARegion5 FloodInsurance- Outreach@fema.dhs.gov at least 48 hours before the event. Last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible to fulfill.
For more information, contact the FEMA News Desk at FEMA-R5-News- Desk@fema.dhs.gov.