December 26, 2012 | 1220 views
FEMA to release revised flood maps
Community meeting set for Jan. 2 in Valley Stream
Thousands of homes could be removed from the high-risk flood zone in Valley Stream as early as the summer, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to unveil revised flood maps next week.
A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall courtroom with representatives from FEMA and Sen. Charles Schumer. There, officials will announcement changes to the maps that went into effect in September 2009.
“It’s a very good feeling to know that we have a very good possibility of being removed from these maps,” said Valley Stream Community Association President Carol Crupi. “But until I know for sure I am going to hold back too much excitement.”
Crupi, a resident of Gibson, has been a leader in the fight against the flood maps for the past three years. Several thousands homes in that section of the village were added to the high-risk flood zone in 2009, however homeowners have contended that they don’t belong there because the neighborhood doesn’t flood.
At the direction of Congress, FEMA had to go back to the drawing back and come up with new Nassau County maps using relevant, local data. The new maps that will be released next week will include information from the New York City coastal analysis and Jamaica Bay study.
Crupi said that she expects hundreds of homeowners to attend next week’s meeting and that there are many questions that need to be answered. She wants to know if anyone will be refunded premiums they paid in 2010 if it is determined their property was erroneously put into the flood zone. Additionally, Crupi said she is concerned that residents might have to renew their flood insurance policy in the coming months, even if their home is set to come out of the flood zone next year.
It is expected that the base flood elevation — the minimum elevation of a property to be excluded from the flood zone — will be lowered by about a foot from 11 feet, 4 inches, according to village Building Superintendent Thomas McAleer.