Proposes New Flood-Mapping for York and Cumberland Counties
The Weekly Sentinel, October, 2010
YORK COUNTY — FEMA recently proposed to pull
controversial flood maps, pause the appeals process for towns in York
and Cumberland Counties, and implement a new process that would give
these towns more power, input, and access to federal funds to develop
flood maps and other risk mitigation plans.
In July, flood reform legislation was amended to
require FEMA to re-examine the way it looks at flood maps, asking the
agency to consider the unique nature of working waterfronts like those
founds along the Maine coast.
FEMA has agreed to temporarily pause the 90-day appeals process for
local communities if they make a good-faith effort to consider
participating in the initiative.
FEMA's plan would be to start the flood mapping
process over with more input and buy-in from local communities and
federal resources to develop and expand other risk-mitigation plans.
Maine would be one of the first places in the country to participate in
the program, called "risk mapping."
FMI: Visit www.fema.org.