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FEMA Expands Flood Zone in Milford

The new zone boundaries mean that national flood insurance is required for about 800 additional properties if the owners have a mortgage or home loan.

The boundaries of official government flood zones make property owners subject to additional requirements under the national flood insurance program, as many property owners .

According to a news story by ABC Eyewitness News, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently expanded the official flood zone in Milford, which means about 800 more properties will be subject to the flood insurance regulations.

Not everyone is happy about that, because one requirement is that property owners with a mortgage or home loan must purchase national flood insurance.

Monica April 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM
That is not necessary! In this economy the government requiring people to pay out more is thoughtless.
Robert Jochim April 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Not much information given in this article; here's what should have been included: This past week, homeowners that would be effected were notified via the City of Milford's Emergency Notification System - this is the message that was transmitted: "This is Ben Blake, Mayor of the City of Milford. This past summer, Tropical Storm Irene reminded us that flooding is a serious risk to many of Milford’s neighborhoods. FEMA is updating the flood maps along Milford’s shoreline to better reflect the flood risk. I am contacting you because your property’s flood zone map design is changing. FEMA is not contacting property owners directly. The City will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 25th between 6:30 and 9:00 p.m. You will be able to view these maps, and learn how these changes may affect you financially. For more information, please visit the City of Milford’s web site and select the Flood Hazard Maps link, or call 203-783-3354. Thank you for your time." Note the date is the 26th for property owners east of Milford Harbor. This is the list of addresses that will be effected: http://bit.ly/JvdCby This is the link to all the info on the City of Milford's website: http://bit.ly/JvdgBJ Notice that you are "guilty until proven innocent" here if you want to appeal - YOU have to prove via expensive hydro logic testing, topographic mapping and land surveys that your property shouldn't be devalued this way, because of some bureaucrat's arbitrary pen strokes.
Marjorie E Cole April 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I am very thankful I was required to have flood ins. Without it I would have not been able to rebuild. Really in this crazy weather pattern we have been stuck in for several years now your crazy if you don't have
Bill Parry April 21, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Nice job Robert Jochim
arkay April 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM
If a property didn't flood during Irene, it certainly shouldn't need flood insurance.
Monica April 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM
There are areas of Milford that now require flood insurance that did not flood in either Irene or Gloria. From Roberts explanation ..to prove this would cost more then the insurance! Thanks Robert!
arkay April 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Were water lines established from the Long Island Express hurricane? That's about as bad as it will ever get.
Monica April 22, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I don't know .....good question. Anyone around in 1938?

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