FEMA plans open house session tonight on flood issues

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 2:49 PM
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Open house sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) and Wednesday for residents of Augusta/Richmond County to see the new preliminary flood maps, known as the Digital Flood Insurance Maps. Tonight’s open house will be held at the Boathouse on the river; and Wednesday’s meeting is at Carrie Mays Center.

The sessions will offer homeowners, renters and business owners an opportunity to learn about the process to adopt the maps to meet requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program. Attendees will see paper or digital versions of the preliminary flood maps. Information tables will be available where federal, state and local staff will answer questions on flood insurance, engineering and building permits. At other stations, attendees can pick up a variety of printed information.

These informal events are open to all interested parties. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources produced the maps in a collaborative effort as part of a nationwide initiative to modernize maps so that flood risks could be more accurately identified.

For those unable to attend, maps will also be available to view in local planning offices. For more information, visit www.georgiadfirm.com .

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