New flood risk maps for Hawaii County

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sent updated flood risk maps to Hawaii County.

FEMA says the maps will help officials and local residents identify known flood risks and when they are finalized they can be used for flood insurance, land use and development decisions.

The revised maps reflect the combined efforts of FEMA, State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Hawaii County.

Click here to view the draft maps.

FEMA says residents and property owners who believe the proposed flood maps contain errors are able to submit appeals by providing additional scientific or technical information through their community officials to FEMA.

FEMA asks that all property owners contact their insurance agent or company to ensure that they have adequate coverage and that policies take into account new flood risk information prior to the flood maps becoming effective.

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