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FEMA Releases Preliminary Flood Maps

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 26 -- Palm Beach County issued the following news release:

Residents of Palm Beach County and its municipalities are invited to look at newly revised preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for the County at four public open houses during the week of September 8th, 2014. Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and are used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.

The open houses will provide the residents of Palm Beach County with 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.

All four open houses will be held between 4 and 7 p.m. The open house dates and locations are:

View table here (http://www.pbcgov.com/newsroom/0814/08-26-14-flood_maps.htm)

The new maps were produced through a partnership between Palm Beach County, the South Florida Water Management District, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Palm Beach County's preliminary maps have not yet been officially adopted and will become effective after a public comment period. This period allows property owners to submit comments and appeals if they can show that any errors exist in the maps. Specialists will be available at the open houses to address questions that residents may have about this process. Once all comments are received and addressed, Palm Beach County may adopt the maps. Visit www.floodsmart.gov for more information about flood insurance and to locate a local agent.

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