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New FEMA Flood Maps to take effect in 2015 with mandatory flood insurance requirements

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Public information meetings to explain possible new insurance requirements
HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and County of Maui invited home and business owners to attend important public information meetings on changes in the new FEMA Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) for Maui County.
These map changes, primarily for Kaunakakai and south shore areas of Molokai, and Kihei and Waikapu areas on Maui, will become effective on November 4, 2015.
A property’s flood risk may change, and consequently so will the requirement for federally mandated flood insurance, as well as construction standards.
Two public meetings were held on July 28 and July 30, 2015. DLNR is the state coordinating agency responsible for assisting the coordination of the National Flood Insurance Program between FEMA and County agencies in Hawaii. FEMA Region IX Flood Insurance Specialist, along with staff from Maui County and DLNR were available to answer questions and assist property owners in determining their flood risk. County officials were available to answer building permit questions for property owners considering developing in newly mapped high-risk flood zones.
It is important to understand how the new maps may impact your flood risk rating. For starters, download FEMA FACTSHEET on what property owners need to know about the map change and flood insurance: http://dlnreng.hawaii.gov/nfip/?p=1973
For more information of the public meetings, please contact Maui County at (808) 270-7253.
For more information on how FEMA accepted Flood Flaps flood vents may help bring your home into compliance, contact Doug at Flood Flaps at 843-881-0190. www.floodflaps.com

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