Public Hearing on new FEMA Flood Maps Draws a Crowd

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) came to West Hartford Town Hall the evening of July 14th to address questions about the floodplain map revisions conducted this past September.

The revisions have a significant impact for homeowners, as federal law mandates that homes with mortgages in certain flood zones purchase flood insurance – sometimes at a substantial cost.

The forum, assembled by Congressman John Larson’s office, brought out residents from West Hartford, Avon and other surrounding communities. The two hour meeting gave an overview of what the new maps will mean for homeowners and offered residents an opportunity to voice their concerns.

FEMA says there is not a set period of time for the maps to be re-studied. They are adjusted as budgets allow. West Hartford’s first floodplain study was in 1974, followed by updates in 1987 and last fall. FEMA also told the maps will not be implemented for one year.

If you have concerns about your property, FEMA asks you call the West Hartford Planner’s office at 860-561-7555. The West Hartford Planning Office website, linked below, has additional information and maps for download.

West Hartford Planner’s Office
FEMA Frequently Asked Questions
Congressman John Larson’s Office

Agenda for FEMA Outreach Meeting on Flood Plan Maps Tomorrow

Congressman John Larson’s office just sent over an agenda for tomorrow night’s public hearing on FEMA’s new flood plain maps. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium. Due to scheduled votes in Washington DC, the Congressman will not be in attendance. His district office Chief of Staff and Hartford Office staff members will be on hand during the meeting to help facilitate.

Here is the agenda:


TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


5:30 PM to 6:15 PM – Open House, Informal Map Review of Large Plot Maps

6:15 PM to 6:20 PM – Welcoming Remarks by West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka

6:20 PM to 6:25 PM – Remarks by John Rossi, Chief of Staff, Congressman John B.
Larson’s Office (CT-1st District)

6:25 PM to 6:30 PM – Brief Overview of Changes in Area Flood Maps

– Mr. David Mendelsohn, FEMA Region 1 Program Specialist/Map Modernization

6:30 to 6:35 PM – Brief Overview of Letter of Map Change (LOMC) Process

– Ms. Diane Ifkovic – State of Connecticut National Flood Insurance Program
(NFIP) Coordinator

6:35 PM to 6:45 PM – National Flood Insurance Program (Forced Placed

-Mr. Tom Gann, New England Regional Manager/National Flood Insurance
Program (NFIP) I Service Team

6:45 PM to 7:30 PM – Open the Floor for Questions/Additional Map Review

7:30 PM – Call Meeting to a Close

Congressman Larson and FEMA to Host Public Meeting on Flood Plan Revisions

We received the following press release on a public hearing being held on the recent flood plain boundary revisions in West Hartford:

U.S. Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) and officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will host a public outreach meeting regarding the recent revisions to the 100 year flood plan boundary maps on Tuesday, July 14th from 5:30-7:30pm at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium.

After hearing concerns from residents in towns throughout his district, Congressman Larson asked FEMA to participate in a public meeting explaining the recent flood mapping changes.

During the meeting, property owners will have the opportunity to hear from FEMA representatives on the remapping process. In addition, FEMA will provide attendees of the meeting information about the National Flood Insurance Program.

Across the country, FEMA is updating flood maps that display flood risk at a property-by-property level. As new maps are issued, property flood risk might change as well as property owners requirements to obtain flood insurance. If mapped into a high-risk area, property owners will be required to purchase flood insurance if the mortgage is through a federally regulated or insured lender.

In West Hartford, over 120 residents who contacted Congressman Larson’s office and West Hartford Mayor R. Scott Slika concerning the flood map revisions received an invitation letter to the public meeting. In addition, Congressman Larson also sent letters to residents who were newly designated in high-risk flood areas from Berlin, East Hartford, East Windsor, Portland, and Wethersfield.

The meeting is open to the public, and FEMA suggests attendees to bring documentation related to questions about flood insurance or flood zone designation. In addition, all non-residents of West Hartford attending the meeting should ask their town engineer’s office for a plot/tax map with structures including GEO Referencing of the flood layers for your property. The Town of West Hartford will have plot/tax maps on hand at the meeting for its residents.

Please contact Congressman Larson’s Office at 860-278-8888 if you have any questions concerning the meeting.

West Hartford Planning Office – information on flood plain boundaries
National Flood Insurance Program