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