4pm News link: More Kauai property owners may have to buy flood insurance due to new maps


New federal flood maps mark the areas behind the Waimea and Hanapepe levees as high-risk zones, and property owners there may have to buy mandatory flood insurance effective in 2020. FEMA said the levees don’t offer enough protection. Community meetings are being held next month. There’s a link on our website with dates and where you can see the preliminary maps and flood insurance study.

The new preliminary FEMA Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM’s) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) are available for viewing at the Kaua’i County Department of Public Works, Engineering Office at 4444 Rice Street, Suite 175 in Lihue.

Community informational meetings are scheduled next month in Waimea and Hanapepe. Representatives from Kaua’i County, FEMA and the DLNR Engineering Division will be available.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ele’ele Elementary School Cafeteria (4750 Uliuli Rd, Ele’ele, HI 96705)

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Waimea Neighborhood Center (4556 Makeke Rd, Waimea, HI 96796)

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Anyone requiring the use of auxiliary aids or having questions can contact the Kaua‘i County Floodplain Administrator, Stanford Iwamoto at (808) 241-4896 or siwamoto@kauai.gov before May 10, 2019.

More information: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata or http://gis.hawaiinfip.org/fhat.

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