DIGITAL PRELIMINARY FLOOD MAPS FOR COUNTY READY FOR PUBLIC VIEWING

Date: 8/10/2016

Time: 4pm-7pm

Location: Berkeley Electric Coop Meeting Hall

2 Springhall Rd

Goose Creek, SC 29445

 

The open house provides residents of Berkeley County and its municipalities the opportunity to see the preliminary flood maps, learn about their risk of flooding, and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for their property. Residents can meet one-on-one with a variety of specialists who will be available to talk about flood insurance, engineering, building permits and more.

The new preliminary maps were produced through a partnership among Berkeley County, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They are more precise than older maps because better flood hazard and risk data make the maps more accurate. The ultimate goal is protecting property owners and the community from the risks associated with flooding. Over time, flood risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, floodplain widening or shifting, and other factors. Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes.

By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. Visit www.floodsmart.gov  for more information about flood insurance and to locate a local agent. Any questions in reference to local ordinance compliance can be directed to your local flood plain administrator.