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New Federal Flood Maps for Fairfield Available

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield residents who think they live in a flood-prone area might want to check to see if the federal government agrees.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has plans to update Fairfield’s designated flood hazard zones. The preliminary maps were released earlier this week.

The federal government’s flood maps are used to determine flood insurance rates, development restrictions and other factors. The maps show the special flood hazard area, which are zones where there is a 1 percent chance or higher of flooding in any given year.

The new maps would go into effect May 2013. Residents have 90 days to file an appeal, starting June 8. Appeals only may be made for scientific or technical reasons.

Preliminary maps are available for viewing in the Plan and Zoning office in Sullivan Independence Hall (725 Old Post Road) or electronically here . The maps that include Fairfield are numbered 418, 419, 436, 437, 438, 556 and 557. For more information on the process, visit FEMA’s website . Or contact Assistant Planning Director Jim Wendt at (203) 256-3050 or jwendt@town.fairfield.ct.us .

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