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City Announces Changes to FEMA Floodmaps; Will Hold Public Meeting for Input

By Staff


Mayor Miner state of thecityThe City of Syracuse Department of Engineering has sent post cards to local residents who will be affected by changes in the new Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) floodplain maps.

These now-finalized maps have removed parcels needlessly included in the floodplain, the city stated.

Syracuse participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which lowers rates for customers by subsidizing flood insurance for businesses and customers. However, to be eligible to participate in the program, the city had to adopt federal Flood Insurance Rate Maps, which included 963 parcels in the original floodplain maps.

According to the city, there are presently 237 parcels which have been removed from the maps, and 876 have been added, which, for property owners seeking flood insurance, will allow for a new rating that will give the city a discount.

Syracuse’s Common Council will hold a public meeting to gather input on the new maps on Aug. 9, at 5:30 p.m.

Residents will have an opportunity to ask city engineers, and officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), any questions they may have, in advance of the body ratifying the new maps.

In addition, property owners who are now added to the floodplain map, and believe they were added in error will be asked to complete a letter of map amendment, including a survey from a licensed surveyor, and submit it to FEMA, which will make a final determination. The property owner will then be required to provide FEMA’s determination to their mortgage holder.

Visit www.syrgov.net/flood, for additional information regarding the insurance programs, and the maps.

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