Two information sessions are scheduled for tonight and tomorrow at the Oncenter on the proposed flood zone changes in Onondaga County. The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants to require about 24-hundred more homeowners in the county to purchase flood insurance. Our Brad Vivacqua is in our newsroom this morning and joins us now with more on this.
I spoke to a FEMA representative on the phone last evening who told me the purpose of these hearings are to allow people to ask questions if they believe they may be affected. These sessions are here at the request of Senator Chuck Schumer.
These preliminary flood maps require an additional twenty four hundred homeowners with mortgages in Onondaga County the majority in Syracuse to purchase flood insurance.
In June, FEMA granted a request to give local communities more time to appeal the decision. Under the agreement, residents and local governments have until September 15 to submit information that could potentially remove them from the flood plain.
About 1,000 Syracuse properties along Onondaga Creek stretching from Armory Square to Kirk Park are affected. City officials I spoke to say they plan on going through the appeal process.
"Our engineers believe they've found calculations and data that will allow us to submit an appeal that we hope will shrink the flood zone area and remove a number of properties." Tim Carroll
During the meetings, FEMA and state officials will be on hand to discuss the flood map process, community appeals, and how individual residents can appeal the map.
In addition to Onondaga County, these re-zoned maps affect 20 other counties in the state including Broome, Cortland Chenango and Otsego counties.
If you’d like to find out if you fall within a flood zone on the preliminary flood map you can visit www.rampp-team.com/ny.htm. Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the hearing will also be able to help you find out if you fall within a flood zone.
Map panels are also available for review in municipal offices.