Meeting Tuesday to help residents with changes to flood maps
Some Gloucester residents may find themselves in a floodplain area for the first time, which may impact whether they will need to purchase flood insurance and, if they already have flood insurance, their annual rates.
Gloucester officials will hold an informational public open house from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Achilles Elementary School for residents to review the changes and ask questions about the preliminary FEMA flood insurance rate maps.
According to Gloucester’s building official Paul Koll, about 5,000 postcards were mailed earlier this month to all county residents whose property may be at flood risk. He urged those who received the postcards to check their current flood risk on the FEMA updated coastal flood insurance rate maps, which can be found by visiting the county’s website at www.gloucesterva.info.
If possible, Koll asks residents to bring a printout of their properties from that map to Tuesday’s informational meeting. If unable to do so, there will be plenty of staff on hand to help identify various properties.
“This is the only time there will be so many people most familiar with these changes in the same room,” added county spokesperson Christi Lewis. Representatives from FEMA, the state and the county will all attend the open house and should be able to address any concern property owners may have.