FEMA maps to be discussed in Sag Harbor

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Sag Harbor Village will give its residents a chance to learn about the recently released and updated FEMA flood maps and voice their concerns on Tuesday.

FEMA’s new elevations for Suffolk County flood insurance maps show that Sag Harbor’s flood plain has been cut by 40 percent, though some residences have been added. While many in the village should be relieved to see their insurance rates drop with their removal from the flood plain, some of those whose property has been added are expected to attend Tuesday’s meeting to file a grievance.

The draft FEMA maps were released on November 14 and the village has 
90 days to get public input and appeals, according to Sag Harbor Village Planning Consultant Rich Warren, 
who will be at the public meeting 
Tuesday. In February, those appeals will then be brought to the Department of Environmental Conservation for a decision.

Mr. Warren said the DEC will likely take just a few weeks to review the appeals, though there is no limit to the time the department can take.

After the DEC makes the changes it deems fair, the newly revised maps will be forwarded to the Village Board, which must adopt the maps to make them official. Mr. Warren said construction requirements can change in areas affected by the new floodplain’s elevations and boundaries, but “other than that, there’s no new requirements.” The entire process should be complete and the new maps implemented between August and October of next year.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building on Main Street.

“It’s required as individuals can’t deal with this on their own,” Sag Harbor’s mayor Gregory Ferraris said of the meeting. The village is required to afford all residents a chance to appeal the new maps.

The new FEMA maps are available online at suffolknyfloodmaps.com.

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