Revised FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map
If you received a letter about a Letter of Map Revision (“LOMR”) in the mail, below is some helpful information to help you understand why you received it. The LOMR updates will result in changes to the floodplain mapping that could potentially benefit your property:
– The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works to support United States’ citizens and ensure the nation’s strength against all hazards, including flooding.
– Flood maps are one of the tools used to understand an area’s risk to flooding and what actions can be taken to protect the residents.
– As part of the development process for the Suffolk Downs site, The HYM Investment Group, LLC, (“HYM”) the project’s development team, and Vanassee Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (“VHB”), the civil engineers on the project site, studied resiliency measures and discovered errors in the existing FEMA flood maps.
– HYM and VHB undertook the process of revising these errors and have submitted a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) to FEMA that will revise the currently effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps for both Boston and Revere.
What this means for you/your property:
– HYM and VHB’s map revisions will add critical existing infrastructure that was previously missing to the map and will more accurately depict the 100-year floodplain.
– The infrastructure missing from the current map includes the tide gate and pump station on Bennington Street, next to Belle Isle Marsh, that is operated by the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR).
– The revisions made to this map will reduce the extent and elevations of the FEMA floodplain near Sales Creek in Boston and Revere.
– This will benefit the residents of Revere and Boston as well as the Suffolk Downs redevelopment by reducing and possibly eliminating flood insurance premiums required by FEMA.
All property owners who fall within the floodplain impacted by the LOMR, have been notified with a letter from both HYM as well as VHB. VHB will be holding an Open House for Revere residents on Tuesday, March 7th from 5-7pm at Revere City Hall and for East Boston residents on Tuesday, March 14th from 4-6pm at the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library to answer any questions on the LOMR process and what this means for you and your home.
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Contact our civil engineering partners at VHB to learn more.