City adopts FEMA's flood insurance maps: Some properties are new to flood zones

The Planning and Zoning Board adopted new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps on March 5 with an effective date of March 29, 2013 as part of the city's continued participation in the National Flood Insurance Program.

The new maps are part of FEMA's RISK Map project for Connecticut to provide updated studies of the state's coastal flooding risks. Ten of Milford's 14 map panels were updated as part of this process.  The changes include some properties being newly added to the Special Flood Hazard Area zone, higher base flood elevations for most existing flood zones, and some waterfront properties added to the Coastal High Hazard flood zone.

Locally, the maps are immediately effective for new permitting and construction, including proposed home elevations or reconstruction as a result of damage from Storm Irene and Storm Sandy. The new maps reflect the best available data for current flood risk to ensure a stronger and safer recovery from recent storm events.

For insurance purposes, the maps are effective July 8, 2013.

The maps may be viewed in the city's Planning & Zoning office or online at FEMA's Map Service Center website under the product catalog for Future FIRMs.  See the P&Z website for instructions on how to find the maps on the Map Service Center site.

Contact Assistant City Planner Emmeline Harrigan in the city's Planning and Zoning Department at 203-783-3245 for more information.