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Sussex Countian
  • Sussex County, FEMA to host Dec. 2 public flood insurance meeting

  • Sussex County will join the Federal Emergency Management Agency in hosting a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 for property owners and residents to review proposed changes to federally-mandated flood plain maps that could have implications on future construction and homeowner insurance rates.
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  • Sussex County will join the Federal Emergency Management Agency in hosting a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 for property owners and residents to review proposed changes to federally-mandated flood plain maps that could have implications on future construction and homeowner insurance rates.
    The open house meeting will be held at the CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road in Georgetown. At the meeting, representatives of county government, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, FEMA and their mapping partners will be on hand to explain the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Sussex County. The maps, which identify flood-prone areas within the county and have been updated for the first time since 2005 using modern mapping technology and improved information, are used by insurance companies to determine flood insurance rates for buildings and contents.
    Approximately 30,000 of the more than 136,000 parcels in Sussex County are within flood plains. Because of the proposed changes, some properties may come out of an identified flood plain, while other parcels could be moved into a flood plain for the first time. As a result of the updates, some buildings in the county may, for the first time, be included in a high-risk flood zone, known as the Special Flood Hazard Area. This may result in the mandatory purchase of flood insurance for those property owners who are affected.
    For more information, visit www.sussexcountyde.gov/firm or contact Sussex County Environmental and Flood Plain Manager Jeff Shockley at (302) 855-7884 or jcshockley@sussexcountyde.gov.
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