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MESSAGE TO SITE VISITORS CONCERNING FLOOD MAPS

THIS IS THE LATEST INFORMATION BEING ADDED AS OF MARCH 31, 2014

The City of New Bedford received a letter from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Engineering Management Branch – Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration dated March 11, 2014. Along with the letter the City received a copy of the latest revised Flood Insurance Study (FIS) materials for Bristol County Massachusetts, prepared by FEMA. These materials include revised Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels, a revised FIRM index, and a revised FIS report. These materials are being made available to the public as follows. The latest Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Flood Insurance Reports are published to this web site below and can be downloaded for review or printing.

These latest flood maps and flood insurance reports have an effective date of July 16, 2014 therefore the maps that currently remain in effect are the July 9, 2009 flood maps until the July 2014 date. Use of these latest maps and flood insurance information may have an impact on current building projects or flood insurance premiums therefore if you have questions about these latest flood maps or the flood insurance report please contact FEMA at www.fema.gov or you can contact the state of Massachusetts National Flood Insurance Coordinator Richard Zingarelli at 617 626-1406. As always if you review the flood maps and flood insurance studies and/or have questions please feel free to visit the DPI office at 1105 Shawmut Avenue or contact DPI at 508 979-1550.

Letter dated March 11, 2014    from Luis Rodriguez, Chief Engineering Management Branch
FEMA, Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration

Flood Insurance Rate Map Panel 25000C-0383G
Flood Insurance Rate Map Panel 25000C-0391G
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Flood Insurance Rate Map Panel 25000C-0394G
Flood Insurance Rate Map Panel 25000C-0481G
Flood Insurance Rate Map Panel 25000C-0482G
Flood Insurance Rate Map Panel 25000C-IND-1B
Flood Insurance Rate Map Panel 25000C-IND-2B

Flood Insurance Study Volume I
Flood Insurance Study Volume II
Flood Insurance Study Volume III
Flood Insurance Study Volume IV

The two intersection maps visible at this site and the three available via separate link represent the changes in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps from the currently published flood maps of July 2009 to the draft flood maps dated September 2012.

All areas shown in red indicate the proposed new flood designation areas and the associated property address listing has those properties within the limits of New Bedford that appear to be potentially impacted by the new flood designations. Each map also depicts the particular flood designations that already exist.

If you are the owner of a listed property you are strongly encouraged to attend a public meeting presently scheduled for April 10, 2013 at the Roosevelt Middle School, 119 Frederick Street, New Bedford beginning at 6:30 PM. This meeting is intended to achieve two goals, the first to make a record of questions and concerns and address them as well as we can at the time of the meeting. The second is to provide general information regarding flood maps and the particular map designations and discuss the method for filing a challenge to the map depictions with an explanation of the appeal process. We suggest that you visit this web site a day or two before the scheduled meeting to ensure that there are no changes or postponements.

    1. Listing of Properties potentially affected by the AE Zone Changes

The City of New Bedford recently received a letter from FEMA along with a revised set of preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM’s) dated May 31, 2013 and a revised Flood Insurance Study and DVD. This revised set of preliminary flood maps affects five FIRM panels with respect to the Base flood Elevation for New Bedford Harbor Zone AE and to the best of our ability in reviewing the revised preliminary flood maps we have detected no changes in the actual zone limit lines on the map panels from the previous preliminary map panels dated in September and October 2012. Therefore the City has replaced the set of preliminary map panels below with the latest as received from FEMA dated May 31, 2013 along with a PDF copy of the letter from FEMA dated May 31, 2013 while maintaining the individual Zone Maps and intersection maps as previously posted.

As of May 29, 2013 the 90 day appeal period concerning the previous set of preliminary flood maps expired and with receipt of the revised set of preliminary map panels a new 90 day appeal period will be initiated and the start and expiration dates for the new appeal period will be posted to this web page upon notification from FEMA.

The City of New Bedford received a letter from FEMA dated August 5, 2013 describing corrections to the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM’s) dated May 31, 2013. Based on a review of these revised preliminary FIRM’s dated August 5, 2013, the specific corrections did not involve changes to the various zone delineation lines but corrections to the elevation data associated with some of the zones. These corrections are mentioned in the letter which has been scanned and provided below for review. Another statutory 90 day appeal period was begun as of August 15, 2013, expiring November 13, 2013 in association with these latest changes and a follow up letter from FEMA dated August 7, 2013 was also sent to the City of New Bedford adding greater detail with respect to the 90 day appeal period which letter was scanned without the attachments and provided below for review.

If you are the owner of a listed property you are strongly encouraged to review the applicable FIRM on which your property is located and confirm whether or not these latest changes affect your property. The Flood Insurance Rate Maps dated August 5, 2013 as well as the attachments with the August 7th FEMA letter are available through the FEMA website or may be reviewed at the Department of Public Infrastructure (DPI). As always if you review the maps and/or have questions please feel free to visit the DPI office at 1105 Shawmut Avenue or contact DPI at 508 979-1550.

If you review the maps and have questions please feel free to contact DPI at 508-979-1550.

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