FEMA releases new flood maps for Oahu

(Via Hawaii News Now)

Flood maps for eight Oahu neighborhoods from the North Shore to the Windward side are changing, and may require new insurance.

The State’s Department of Land and Natural Resources, FEMA, and the City and County of Honolulu is inviting affected homeowners and businesses to a public information meeting to discuss shifts to FEMA’s flood insurance rate maps for Oahu.

The meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Honolulu Country Club. A presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

The most significant changes impact certain areas along Waimalu Stream, Halawa Stream and areas near Coconut Grove in Kailua.

High risk zones have dramatically expanded in the Waimalu and Salt Lake areas, while they’ve narrowed in Kailua and Kahuku.

The revised maps will go into effect on November 5, 2014. Mortgage holders in high risk zones will have to buy flood insurance.

You can view areas that will have flood hazard designation changes HERE. 

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