Residents can learn information about flood risks on the new preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps at a Flood Risk Open House to be held from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Foley Civic Center on Nov. 9. This chance to drop in and meet with experts one-on-one to learn more about flood risk, get information on potential changes to flood insurance rates or requirements, and learn tips on how to mitigate and prepare for future floods is jointly hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IV Office and the Alabama Office of Water Resources (OWR). As a result of these preliminary map changes, some properties in Baldwin County, may, for the first time, be included in a high-risk flood zone, known as the Special Flood Hazard Area. This may result in those affected homeowners being required to purchase flood insurance. Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the United States. It is vital that property owners understand their current flood risk, and take advantage of tools or programs available to make their property and community safer and stronger against future flood risk. Representatives from Baldwin County, FEMA, the OWR, and their mapping partners will be on hand to answer questions related to the proposed FIRM, the floodplain, and flood insurance. There will be no formal presentation. Residents can come any time during the scheduled hours. In order to properly assist you, residents and property owners should plan to bring a copy of the elevation certificate and flood insurance policy for their property, if available. Officials are also encouraged to attend to provide a local perspective on the information their residents will receive. Thursday, November 9 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Foley Civic Center 407 E. Laurel Avenue Foley, AL 36535   If you have any questions, please contact Chuck Lay, City of Foley Floodplain Administrator, or 251-952-4011.

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