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Preliminary coastal Hernando County flood hazard maps available for public viewing

Post Date:01/28/2019 10:44 AM

Residents and property owners in Hernando County can see draft preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for coastal areas at the following open house:

Wednesday, February 6, 4 to 7 p.m.
Pasco Hernando State College
Rao Musunuru, M.D. Conference Center
5290 Hunters Lake Rd.
Spring Hill, FL 34606

These FIRMs are not a countywide update. They show the potential extent and risks of flooding in coastal areas only (west of U.S. 19) in Hernando County. They will be used to determine flood insurance premiums and building requirements.

At the open house, you can learn about your risk of flooding and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for your property. You can also meet one-on-one with specialists to discuss flood risk, flood insurance, appeals, mitigation options and the engineering behind the flood insurance study. Home and business owners, renters, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, surveyors and insurance agents are encouraged to attend.

The new preliminary FIRMs were developed through a partnership between the community and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They are based on updated modeling data and show coastal flood hazards more accurately than previous maps.

The goal is to inform property owners and the community of their flood risks. Over time, these risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, watershed conditions and other factors. Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes.

By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on buildings that are in areas at high risk of flooding. Standard homeowners, business owners, and renters insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage; consequently, flood insurance is an important consideration for everyone with coastal property. Flood insurance policies can be purchased from any state-licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Call the National Flood Insurance Program Help Center at 800-427-4661 or visit www.floodsmart.gov for more information.

If you need any reasonable accommodations at the open house, please contact FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights at fema-reasonable-accomodations@fema.dhs.gov to make arrangements no later than three days prior to the open house.

 

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