Public meetings scheduled on Maui ahead of FEMA flood map changes

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and County of Maui are inviting home and business owners to attend upcoming public information meetings on changes in the new FEMA Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Maui County.

These map changes, primarily for Kaunakakai and south shore areas of Molokai, and Kihei and Waikapu areas on Maui, will become effective on Nov. 4, 2015.

A property’s flood risk may change, and consequently so will the requirement for federally mandated flood insurance, as well as construction standards.

There will be two public meetings for property owners to get more information:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 1-4 p.m.

Kulana Iwi Pavilion, Dept. of Hawaiian Homelands

600 Maunaloa Highway

Kaunakakai, Hawaii

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 2-6 p.m.

Kihei Community Center

303 East Lipoa Street

Kihei, Hawaii

DLNR is the state coordinating agency responsible for assisting the coordination of the National Flood Insurance Program between FEMA and County agencies in Hawaii.

A FEMA Region IX Flood Insurance Specialist, along with staff from Maui County and DLNR will be available to answer questions and assist property owners in determining their flood risk. County officials will be available to answer building permit questions for property owners considering developing in newly mapped high-risk flood zones.

Officials say it is important to understand how the new maps may impact your flood risk rating. Click here for more information.

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