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Flood map changes to be explained for Newhall residents

Posted: August 20, 2012 10:50 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2012 10:50 a.m.
 

Newhall residents who may be affected by changes to flood plain maps are invited to attend a meeting Tuesday evening that will explain the changes in flood plain mapping for about 485 residents and businesses.

As part of an effort to update Newhall’s 30-year-old flood plain maps of the area, the Federal Emergency Management Agency required levees to be re-examined, according to a report by the city of Santa Clarita. In Newhall, the railroad embankment no longer meets levee certification requirements, which means the flood plain maps are changing.

About 340 parcels in Newhall will have reduced or eliminated flood insurance requirements as a result of new flood maps, according to Christina Monde, FEMA programs administrator for the city of Santa Clarita. At the same time, about 145 parcels will be mapped into a Special Flood Hazard Area, which could be impacted by a new flood insurance requirement.

Flood insurance in flood zones is required if the person has a federally-backed mortgage, but people who own vacant land or who have a paid-off mortgage are not required to have flood insurance, Monde said.

Individual property owners who have questions about their flood insurance should attend Tuesday’s meeting, which will have staff from the city and FEMA available to answer questions, Monde said.

“This meeting is a great opportunity to ask questions or address any concerns specific to their situation with the city or FEMA,” Monde said.

For more information, visit http://www.santa-clarita.com/index.aspx?page=889.

kjonas@the-signal.com
661-287-5517

 

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