Antrim County Residents Invited to Flood Map Open House


Antrim County Residents Invited to Flood Map Open House

Community residents can join an in-person meeting to review new flood maps with experts. They can also learn how to address their future flood risk to protect life and property.

[Bellaire, Mich.] — Local, state and federal officials are working to reduce the effects of severe weather and natural disasters. On Tuesday, June 11, FEMA will hold an in-person Open House in the village of Bellaire. At this event, FEMA will answer Antrim County residents' questions about flood risk and flood insurance after the release of the preliminary flood maps.

FEMA, the state of Michigan and Antrim community officials invite residents to join them at the Open House. Residents can also see preliminary versions of the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) here.

WHAT:          Flood Risk and Insurance Open House
WHEN:          Tuesday, June 11, 2024, from 5-6:30 PM
WHERE:        Forest Home Township Hall (321 North Bridge St. Bellaire, MI 49515)

The Open House will not have a formal presentation. Residents can attend at any time between 5-6:30 pm ET.  Experts at the Open House will teach residents about flood risk and flood insurance. They can also explain floodplain development regulations and the mapping process. Residents can meet with experts one-on-one to look at their own addresses on the new maps. They will learn about their specific risk. They will also learn ways to help prevent flood loss.

The updated maps will highlight several streams and flooding sources, including the Intermediate River, Intermediate Chain of Lakes, Jordan River, Lake Michigan/Grand Traverse Bay, Torch Lake, Cedar River, and Manistee River. These updates encompass 56 Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels and cover 21 communities, including 15 townships, 5 villages, and 1 tribal nation. This marks the first-ever county-wide Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Antrim County, with almost all flooding sources being newly mapped.

Once in effect, the maps will inform flood insurance rates and local floodplain management rules adopted under the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA urges public officials to use the maps to help plan and prepare communities to quickly respond to and recover from future events.

Property owners, realtors, lenders and insurance agents will benefit from this chance to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation in Bay County.

You can view the preliminary FIRM and FIS report here.

For media questions, reach out to the FEMA Region 5 News Desk at FEMA-R5-News-Desk@fema.dhs.gov. For Open House questions, reach out to fema-r5-map@fema.dhs.gov

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