September 1 and 2 Bennington County – Flood Insurance Meetings
The Bennington County maps showing high risk flood hazard areas will officially change on December 2. Two open house events are scheduled for people that want to learn more about flood risk, flood insurance and the effect of the map update. Is your house or business in a hazard area? This is a particularly important question for buildings that are identified as at a high risk on the December map but not at high risk on the older map.
FEMA Flood Information Open House Events:
- Tuesday September 1, 4-6:30 pm Manchester at the Spiral Press Café, 15 Bonnet Street, and
- Wednesday September 2, 4 -7 pm Bennington at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver Street
At these events Bennington county residents can meet one-on-one with Federal and State officials to identify if their building is in a Special Flood Hazard Area. FEMA insurance specialists will be on hand to discuss flood insurance requirements and opportunities to make your building safer and less costly to insure.
Getting insurance now, before the map change to “grandfather the old zone” may be an important opportunity in situations where the older maps show a building to be outside the Special Flood Hazard Area and the new map shows it in.
The new December 2015 flood maps can be viewed on the Flood Ready Atlas tinyurl.com/floodreadyatlas . Use Flood Ready Tools to “Find Address” and “Toggle Flood Data On”. The older maps can be viewed on FEMA’s Map Service Center www.msc.fema.gov .
These open house events for flood resiliency are provided to help residents understand flood risks as shown on the new Bennington County Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map and to take steps to reduce the risk of flood damage to families, buildings and communities.
For more information about the new Bennington County DFIRM visit www.vtfpm.blogspot.com
The Sunderland Flood Hazard Regulations have been approved by the State of Vermont as well as the Sunderland Selectboard and Planning Commission: Final Sunderland FHA regulations
Vermont has a new website called Flood Ready Vermont which can be viewed here: www.floodready.vermont.gov
June 26, 2012 – Additional Flood Plain Maps and information provided by Ned Swanberg of the VT DEC is listed below:
To view high quality flood plain maps of the area you can visit the Vermont Natural Resources Atlas (newer) and the Vermont Environmental Interest Locator (older) which are accessible from the following link: Vermont Natural Resource Viewer
The following is an image of the town of Sunderland and potential structures affected by the flood map changes. Click on the image to view in full size.
FEMA is updating the Flood Insurance Maps for the State of Vermont. Below you will find information about this process. We have PDF’s of the maps listed below and they are also available at the Town Clerks Office and they can be viewed during the Clerk’s standard office hours.
Letter to the Residents in Sunderland affected by the the new Flood Insurance Maps Sunderland Flood Map Changes – Letter to Residents
FEMA MAPS – The below listed maps of Sunderland show the proposed changes to the Flood maps.
What is the NFIP?
Congress established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) due to escalating costs to taxpayers for flood disaster relief. The NFIP is based on the agreement that if a community practices sound floodplain management, the Federal Government will make flood insurance available to residents in that community. FEMA maps include the Special Flood Hazard Area, which is the area that has a 1% or greater chance of flooding in any given year. Development may take place within the Special Flood Hazard Area provided that it complies with local floodplain ordinances that meet NFIP criteria.
What is a FIRM?
When FEMA maps flood hazards in a community or county, two products are produced – a Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and a Flood Insurance Rate Map(FIRM). An FIS is a narrative report of the community’s flood hazards that contains prior flooding information, descriptions of the flooding sources, information on flood protection measures, and a description of the hydrologic and hydraulic methods used in the study. A FIRM illustrates the extent of flood hazards in a community by depicting flood risk zones and the Special Flood Hazard Area, and is used with the FIS report to determine the floodplain development regulations that apply in each flood risk zone and who must buy flood insurance. FIRMs also depict other information including Base (1% annual chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs) or flood depths, floodways, and common physical features such as roads.