County of Marin - Press Releases - FEMA Flood Insurance

For Immediate Release
May 20, 2014

Meetings Coming Up About Changes to FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps

San Rafael, CA – In June, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide informational meetings in Marin County to inform citizens along San Francisco Bay communities about the FEMA San Francisco Bay Coastal Flood Insurance Study and impending changes to flood insurance rate maps. Marin residents who live within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) along the bay shoreline and who have flood insurance likely will be affected by the study.

Through its Flood Hazard Mapping Program, FEMA identifies flood hazards, assesses flood risks and partners with states and communities to provide accurate data to guide them toward mitigation actions. The Flood Hazard Mapping Program is part of the National Flood Insurance Program.

Map changes might mean a higher base flood elevation and/or a change in flood risk classification for some property owners or add properties to a Special Flood Hazard Area. The preliminary maps are ready for public review and comment and will on display at the three Marin meetings. The comment and appeal period begins June 4 and ends Sept. 2.

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, June 17, 6:30-8 p.m.

Hill Education Center, 720 Diablo Ave., Novato

Wednesday, June 18, 6:30-8 p.m.

City of San Rafael Council Chambers, 1400 5th Ave., San Rafael

Thursday, June 19, 6:30-8 p.m.

Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

More information is available on the Bay Coastal Study and general flood insurance information. Residents can also view the Special Flood Hazard Areas and proposed base flood elevation by viewing our local GIS web page, MarinMap. Call your city or town public works office with questions. For those in County unincorporated areas, call (415) 473-3755 or e-mail DPWLandDevEngineer


Berenice Davidson
Principal Civil Engineer
Public Works

3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 304
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-3770
Email: Berenice Davidson
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