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Apr. 14 - Public meetings set for next week to allow property owners to see new Flood Maps

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

April 14, 2016 - Newly revised preliminary flood insurance rate maps for Glynn and Camden counties will be available for residents to review at a series of open houses next week. 

The flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and when they become effective the updated maps will be used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.

The open houses provide residents of both counties and their municipalities the opportunity to see the preliminary maps, learn about their risk of flooding, and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for their property.

Residents can meet one-on-one with a variety of specialists who will be available to talk about flood insurance, engineering, building permits and more.

The new preliminary maps were released through a partnership with Glynn County, the City of

Brunswick, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Emergency

Management Agency.

They are more precise than older maps because better flood hazard and risk data make the maps more accurate. The ultimate goal is protecting property owners and the community from the risks associated with flooding. Over time, flood risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, floodplains widen or shift, and other factors. Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes.

Home and business owners, renters, realtors, mortgage lenders, surveyors and insurance agents

are encouraged to attend the open house.

By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on buildings that

are located in areas at high risk of flooding. Standard homeowners’, business owners’, and

renters’ insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage, so flood insurance is an important

consideration for everyone.

Flood insurance policies can be purchased from any state licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Visit www.floodsmart.gov or call 888-379-9531 for more information about flood insurance and to locate a local agent.

The flood maps can be viewed at http://glynncounty.org/1658/Web-Flood-Maps

The open house for Glynn County will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mon, April 18 at the Ballard Complex, 325 Old Jesup Road, Brunswick.

The open house for Camden County is set for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Weds. April 20 at the PSA Building, 1050 Wildcat Drive, Kingsland.

The preliminary maps were released through a partnership among the counties, their municipalities, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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