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FEMA Flood Risk Open House

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released updates to the coastal flood maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), for King George County. The FIRMs indicate flood-prone coastal areas in King George County, and insurance companies use FIRMs to determine flood insurance rates for buildings and contents.

King George County will hold a public Coastal Flood Risk Open House on the updates at The Robert H Coombs Board Room, 10459 Courthouse Drive on Wednesday, August 27th from 7:00-8:30 PM. Using interactive flood maps at this Open House, representatives from the State, County, as well as FEMA and their mapping partners, will be available to answer flood risk and insurance questions, and explain the preliminary maps.

The preliminary maps that will be shared at the Open House are an update of the existing FIRM, which dates back to 2009. These preliminary FIRMs and the associated Flood Insurance Study (FIS) provide the basis for flood risk education and floodplain management measures. King George County is required to adopt updated maps to continue participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which makes flood insurance available to the community.

As a result of these map updates, some buildings in King George County may, for the first time, be included in a high-risk flood zone, known as the Special Flood Hazard Area, or SFHA. This may result in mandatory purchase of flood insurance for those property owners who are affected. FEMA staff will be at the Open House and will be available to talk to property owners about these updates and what it means to them.
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