The Federal Emergency Management Agency maps used to predict flood risk in James City County have been updated and citizens are invited to a public meeting to learn more about their potential risk.
James City County, FEMA and state representatives will be on hand for a meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Legacy Hall in New Town. Residents will be able to review the new flood risk maps, which were updated for the first time since 2007, and talk with officials about flood risk and insurance needs.
The flood maps – Flood Insurance Rate Maps – are used to aid insurance companies in projecting flood risk and determining appropriate insurance coverage for homes located within flood zones. The updated maps may show some buildings in the flood-prone areas for the first time, which could force residents to purchase flood insurance even if they have never needed it before.
James City County staff sent letters to property owners whose land — whether it is all or a small portion — touches a flood zone. About 3,000 letters were sent out to residents.
“We thought it would be best to notify everyone so they could assess their own risk,” said Christy Parrish, the county’s proffer administrator.
For more information about the updated flood risk maps and the upcoming meeting, visit the county’s website. Citizens with additional questions may contact Christy Parrish at 757-253-6671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizens who require Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations for the meeting should contact Dave Bollinger at email@example.com or by phone at 215-931-5561. Requests should be made at least five days prior to the meeting. Later requests will be accepted, but may not be filled.