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Friday, February 1, 2013

New Flood Maps for NYC Released by FEMA

Earlier this week, FEMA released the first of two phases of updated flood maps for New York City. Among the areas covered by the updated maps were Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn. These maps were in the process of being updated when Hurricane Sandy devastated the city, prompting FEMA to quickly release the updated maps so that as people and business start to rebuild they can meet the new flood requirements.

The maps show that areas farther inland are expected to flood, with 35,000 additional homes and businesses now located in flood areas.

Although the new maps will not go into effect for about two years, NYC Mayor Bloomberg has announced new measures "to allow home and property owners who are rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy to meet new flood standards without violating current zoning codes." Included in those measures:
  • An emergency executive order to suspend height and other restrictions;
  • a new rule to increase the required minimum flood proofing elevation so that buildings are constructed to withstand the greater flood risk.
The remainder of the maps for New York City will be released next month.

Read the press release from the New York City Mayor's office.