"It's very important people affected by this show up,"
The meetings at the
Postcards about the sessions have been sent to property owners affected by the maps, which were last updated about five years ago.
The new maps go into effect next year.
If they did not receive a postcard, property owners can type their address at mymanatee.org/floodzonechanges to determine whether their land is now regarded as vulnerable to flooding. That status will determine whether the owners should have flood insurance. Flooding is not covered under standard home insurance policies.
Sites do not have to be on the coasts to be in flood zones.
Zones are considered at high, moderate or low risk for flooding -- but not at no risk. Heavy rainfalls have flooded neighborhoods that are miles inland from major waterways.
Aside from property owners and mortgage lenders, the forums may have information of interest to renters, surveyors, insurance agents, real estate agents, homeowner associations and others.
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