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N E W S   R E L E A S E

July 18, 2014






Christy Parrish, Proffer Administrator

757-253-6671; Email


Know your flood risk: New FEMA Coastal Flood Maps ready for review
Open House scheduled


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released updates to the coastal flood maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), for James City County. The FIRMs indicate flood-prone coastal areas and insurance companies use FIRMs to determine flood insurance rates for buildings and contents.

Residents and property owners can learn more at a public Coastal Flood Risk Open House on August 13, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at Legacy Hall, 4301 New Town Ave. Representatives from the State, James City County, the City of Williamsburg, FEMA and their mapping partners will be available to answer flood risk and insurance questions and explain the preliminary maps.


The preliminary maps are an update of the existing FIRM, which dates back to 2007. These preliminary FIRMs and the associated Flood Insurance Study (FIS) provide the basis for flood risk education and floodplain management measures. James City County is required to adopt updated maps to continue participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which makes flood insurance available to the community.


As a result of these map updates, some buildings in James City County may, for the first time, be included in a high-risk flood zone, known as the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). This may result in mandatory purchase of flood insurance for those property owners who are affected.


Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the United States. It is vital for property owners to understand their risk and take advantage of tools and programs available, such as flood insurance, to help reduce flooding impacts.


Additional information is available at and more information, including links to the interactive mapping website, can be found on


Residents with additional questions can contact Christy Parrish at 757-253-6671 or


We are committed to ensuring that the meeting and materials are accessible to all, and so in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (, reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can. Please include a way we can contact you if more information is needed. Make your request as early as possible; please allow at least 5 days advance notice. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Please contact Dave Bollinger at or by phone at 215-931-5561 with any questions or concerns regarding accommodations.



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