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Open Houses on Flood Risk Mapping Project Scheduled for September

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LEESBURG, Va., Aug. 25 -- Loudoun County issued the following news release:

Loudoun County residents whose property is in or near a floodplain are encouraged to attend one of three community open houses in September on the Loudoun County Floodplain Mapping project. The project, which is being funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and managed by the Loudoun County Government, is designed to update and improve the accuracy of the current Loudoun County Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The FIRM is used by insurance companies to determine flood insurance rates for buildings and contents.

The project has developed a Preliminary FIRM and residents are encouraged to learn more about these preliminary mapping results and their flood risk at the upcoming meetings. Experts will be available at the meetings to help residents locate their property on the Preliminary FIRM, and to explain their flood risk and the National Flood Insurance Program. The meetings will be held in locations in eastern, western and central Loudoun for the convenience of residents. The meeting schedule is:

* Monday, September 8, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuscarora High School, 801 North King Street, Leesburg

* Friday, September 19, 2014,, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling

* Tuesday, September 23, 2014,, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Woodgrove High School, 36811 Allder School Road, Purcellville

Anyone who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the meetings may call the county's Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at 571-258-3282 (TTY 711). Three days' notice is requested.

Accurate Flood Insurance Rate Maps, commonly called "floodplain maps," are a fundamental component of the National Flood Insurance Program. For communities such as Loudoun County that participate in this program, federally-backed flood insurance is available to homeowners, renters, and business owners as a protection against flood loss. There is a federal requirement that all federally-backed mortgages for properties located in the high risk flood zone have flood insurance.

Questions about the project may be sent by email to flood-maps@loudoun.gov or directed to the county's Floodplain Help Line at 703-737-8746. More information about the project also is online at www.loudoun.gov/floodmapping.

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