News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 29, 2014
Hearing June 12
Federal flood zone changes could mean higher premiums

by Faith DeAmbrose

Do you know what your flood zone designation is? That classification, determined on a federal level through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is the prime driver of flood insurance rates.

The designations have been reviewed and in many instances have changed, Code Enforcement Officer Judy Jenkins said in a recent interview. She said the work being done for FEMA is coming from a for-profit New Hampshire-based company.

A review of the newly created maps will be the subject of an informational hearing held in Stonington on June 12. Jenkins said she will be on hand to answer questions and help residents who wish to appeal any changes made to their designations. There is a 90-day window to do this, said Jenkins, and the clock began about three weeks ago. She stressed the importance of property owners, especially those along the coast and in the town’s downtown area, in reviewing the information and participating in the process.

New rates are expected to go into effect in 2015.

Public informational hearing:

Thursday, June 12, 6:30 p.m., upstairs at the Stonington Town Hall.