Kauai Residents Invited to Comment on Preliminary Flood Maps

Members of the public are invited to review preliminary flood maps showing updated flood hazard data for Hanapepe, Moloaa, and Waimea.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Kauai County.  Preliminary map panels identify current flood hazards and provide accurate information to help residents and businesses take actions that will result in safer and more resilient communities.

Before the revised Kauai County FIRM panels become effective for flood insurance and permitting purposes, there is a 90-day appeal period from November 14, 2019, to February 12, 2020.  During that time, residents with technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, can appeal the new flood hazard information on the preliminary maps.

The appeal period follows open houses held on island this past May.  Background as well as frequently asked questions with answers can be found on Wai Halana.  FEMA encourages public officials to use the preliminary flood maps to assist planning processes, outreach efforts, and prepare communities to quickly respond to and recover from future events.

Property owners, realtors, lenders, and insurance agents are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about flood risk.  Digital files of the preliminary FIRM panels are available at:

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