A Discovery Meeting for the Lake Champlain and Otter Creek watersheds was held on October 29, 2019. The towns then had 30 days to provide FEMA with additional information that would help prioritize areas to study across the watershed. The results of the process were provided in a Discovery Report.
- New detailed flood study for the New Haven River – from confluence with Otter Creek to approximately 2400 feet upstream of confluence with Cota Brook in Lincoln (18.1 miles).
FEMA will coordinate with Chairs of Select Boards for both a County-wide Work Map Meeting and a Community Consultation Officer Meeting (CCO) to share Preliminary FIRMs and Flood Insurance Studies.
FEMA will also set up an Open House meeting for the public to discuss the new maps, the flood risk they show, and how people can secure flood insurance and protect their buildings.
During the following Work Map stage, minor issues, such as labeling errors, can easily be corrected by communicating them to your FEMA representative. For substantial errors or surprises, the Town may formally appeal the data within 90 days. The town will usually need to provide higher quality data to supersede FEMA’s preliminary data.
Once any appeals have been resolved, FEMA will notify the town of an Effective Date (at least six months later) for the new maps, with a Letter of Final Determination. Maps go into effect for an entire county at once.
When the new maps go into effect, FEMA requires that town bylaws meet current standards for participation in the NFIP. If your bylaws are not sufficient, residents will no longer be able to purchase nor renew flood insurance through the NFIP.
Now is the time to update your bylaws!