The Bennington County maps showing high risk flood hazard areas will officially change on December 2. Two open house events are scheduled for people that want to learn more about flood risk, flood insurance and the effect of the map update. Is your house or business in a hazard area? This is a particularly important question for buildings that are identified as at a high risk on the December map but not at high risk on the older map.
FEMA Flood Information Open House Events:
- Tuesday September 1, 4-6:30 pm Manchester at the Spiral Press Café, 15 Bonnet Street, and
- Wednesday September 2, 4 -7 pm Bennington at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver Street
At these events Bennington county residents can meet one-on-one with Federal and State officials to identify if their building is in a Special Flood Hazard Area. FEMA insurance specialists will be on hand to discuss flood insurance requirements and opportunities to make your building safer and less costly to insure.
Getting insurance now, before the map change to “grandfather the old zone” may be an important opportunity in situations where the older maps show a building to be outside the Special Flood Hazard Area and the new map shows it in.
The new December 2015 flood maps can be viewed on the Flood Ready Atlas tinyurl.com/floodreadyatlas . Use Flood Ready Tools to “Find Address” and “Toggle Flood Data On”. The older maps can be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center www.msc.fema.gov .
These open house events for flood resiliency are provided to help residents understand flood risks as shown on the new Bennington County Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map and to take steps to reduce the risk of flood damage to families, buildings and communities.
For more information about the new Bennington County DFIRM visit www.vtfpm.blogspot.com