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Pinellas: Final public meeting set ahead of FEMA-proposed flood insurance rate map adoption

Impacted property owners have until July 31 to review changes

Post Date:06/21/2019 1:56 PM

Immediate Release
June 21, 2019

Media Contact
Libby Bolling, Public Information Specialist, (727) 464-4600

Pinellas: Final public meeting set ahead of FEMA-proposed flood insurance rate map adoption

Impacted property owners have until July 31 to review changes

  • Open house-style meeting will be held on June 25 in Oldsmar
  • Meeting is designed to inform residents about map changes that may affect their flood risk, flood insurance requirements and rates moving forward
  • Residents can view the proposed map change at www.pinellascounty.org/flooding/fema_firm.htm

Pinellas County is holding a final open house-style meeting about Pinellas County’s preliminary Flood InsuranceRate Map (FIRM)
updates on Tuesday, June 25, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the Oldsmar City Council Chambers, located at 101 State St. W., in Oldsmar.There will be no formal presentation. Instead, attendees will be able to look up their property to see if their flood zone has changed, and talk to flood insurance and technical specialists about the preliminary map updates.

County property owners have until July 31 to contest changes in the proposed FIRM before the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issues Letters of Final Determination, making the flood zone determination permanent. To support an appeal, property owners must submit scientific or technical data directly to FEMA that proves the flood hazard information shown in the proposed map is in error. In addition, property owners are strongly urged to consider purchasing preferred-risk flood insurance policies before the updated FIRM becomes effective.

Home and business owners, renters, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, surveyors and insurance agents are encouraged to attend.

Representatives from Pinellas County, Oldsmar and several other cities, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District will also be in attendance. A customer service representative will be available to answer basic questions in Spanish.

Property owners can view their current flood zone and potential map change at www.pinellascounty.org/flooding/fema_firm.htm.

Although it is not required, property owners are advised to bring their elevation certificates if they have one. In some cases, the certificates may be downloaded from www.pinellascounty.org/flooding/elevation.htm for properties in the unincorporated county or obtained from the cities in which the property is located.

For more information about flooding in Pinellas County and flood insurance, visit www.pinellascounty.org/flooding.

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