Proposed changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood hazard maps for Santa Rosa County were made public Thursday, Sept. 22, for public review.
Residents and property owners can view potential changes to their flood zone coding, whether they will be listed at a higher or lower risk by checking an interactive map online.
The changes would not go into effect until winter 2017, and the maps have not been updated since 1985.
The interactive map is available at www.santarosa.fl.gov under Floodplain Management. Click on Online Local Flood Maps in the right hand column then search by address.
Undeveloped parcels without a specified address can be accessed by zooming in on a property near the parcel and then clicking on the property.
Just like zoning codes, every property has a flood zone code that rates its level of risk. High risk codes are A, AE and VE. Low risk codes are X and 0.2.
These risks levels determine whether a property owner is required to purchase flood insurance in addition to their homeowners policy and how much those policies will cost.
FEMA has begun making these hazard rating changes for coastal areas all over the country.
Public meetings for residents and property owners to discuss the changes with federal and local officials. The meetings are:
Wednesday, September 28, 4-7 p.m.
Public Services Media Room
6051 Old Bagdad Highway in Milton
Thursday, September 29, 4-7 p.m.
Tiger Point Community Center
1370 Tiger Park Lane in Gulf Breeze
More information on how these changes will affect flood insurance costs for Santa Rosa residents will be available in the Thursday, Sept. 29, issue of the Navarre Press.