Branford Hosts Public Meeting Aug. 27
As of July, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood insurance rate maps have changed. Have your insurance rates changed with it?
On Tuesday, Aug. 27, residents can learn more, when the Town of Branford hosts a FEMA Map Changes and Flood Insurance Public Informational meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. at Branford Fire Headquarters (45 North Main Street). FEMA and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) is offering the public outreach meeting to discuss flood insurance and coastal map changes.
"The meeting will allow residents to view the new maps, understand the changes that are taking place to flood insurance rates, and learn more about financial steps that they may need to take to protect their investment," said Branford Town Engineer Janice Plaziak in a press release statement.
Staff from FEMA and DEEP and Plaziak will be available to answer questions and provide a short presentation on Aug. 27. According to information supplied by Plaziak, Branford received updated coastal Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels in July 2013. The map changes resulted in expanded floodplain areas and changes in the base flood elevation for some areas in the floodplain.
Plaziak also noted the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 has also made extensive changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. Those changes include the gradual elimination of subsidized rates for pre-FIRM structures (older homes built before the flood maps).