Monday, April 23, 2012

Milford Hazard Mitigation Plan Updated

MILFORD—Milford residents interested in the city’s plans to address natural hazards
such as floods and power outages or in finding out how changes to FEMA flood maps
may affect their properties and insurance rates can learn more at meetings at the city on
April 25 or 26.

The meetings will be from 6:30 – 9:30 pm in the Parsons Government Center
Auditorium.

The first part of the meeting is to obtain public input on the City’s Hazard Mitigation
Plan. The Plan identifies the City’s approach to reducing risks from natural hazards
such as hurricanes and flooding. The City first adopted a Plan in 2002 with an update in
2007.

The City must adopt an updated Plan by August 2012 in order to continue to
quality for grant opportunities including those recently applied for as a result of Tropical
Storm Irene.

The second part of the meeting provides an overview of FEMA’s proposed changes to
flood mapping along Milford’s coast. The City estimates that the flood zone for
approximately 3,800 properties will be revised.

Approximately 800 properties will be shifting from a non-mandatory flood zone to mandatory where flood insurance will be required by mortgage companies and lending institutions. The City will also provide an
overview of the “grandfathering” clause and potential insurance impacts due to the map
changes.

The April 25th meeting will show changes to coastal areas west of Milford Harbor and
the April 26th meeting will show changes to the coastal areas in the eastern portion of
the City. Residents should plan on attending the meeting that corresponds to the
location of their property as shown on the map below.

Please contact Community Development Director Bob Gregory at (203)783-3230 for more
information about the Hazard Mitigation Plan or Assistant City Planner Emmeline Harrigan in the
City’s Planning and Zoning Department at (203) 783-3245 for more information about the FEMA
Map Updates. Information will also be available on the City’s website. Please look for the link
in the right hand corner for FLOOD HAZARD MAPS.

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