Gordon residents learn about additions to the floodplain map
April 7 – GORDON – About 20 people attended a presentation on an updated borough floodplain map that adds their properties.
The borough council held the presentation, also addressing the need to obtain flood insurance, Monday evening in the community hall of the municipal building after leaving the council meeting room due to attendance and the need of social distance.
President of the council
Houser said anyone who wants to know if a property is in the new floodplain could speak to him.
“What I’m going to do at this meeting is go over some of the basics of what exactly this means and how the change happened,” he said.
The borough has updated its ordinances to meet the minimum criteria for participation in the national flood insurance program, according to the presentation. The borough council, the administrator of the floodplain and other local officials have also had no input on the maps and decisions taken by
“The map shows the houses that are in the flood zone and also those that are removed from the flood zone,” Houser said. “I’m only listing the changes because it’s people who are affected the most. I wish I had better maps that I could show people to zoom in a bit closer, but I don’t have a clear recommendation. from
Quick said it had been about 30 years since the floodplain maps were updated by
“It’s between you and your lender,” Houser said. “I think the mortgage companies are going to make that decision. But if you have a mortgage, including home equity loans, you need to have flood insurance. Most mortgage companies require that amount. remaining on your mortgage be covered. You will need to contact your mortgage and insurance companies for more details. “
Houser is familiar with the matter since he lives in a flood-prone area and reduces his flood insurance coverage as his mortgage balance decreases.
Development is also affected because
“If you want to do something like roof repairs, windows, siding, whatever, you can still do it, but you’ll need a flood permit,” he said. “The permit will come from us, so you don’t have to contact
He said the borough was not trying to make these improvements prohibitive, but “we want to keep our properties up to date.”
Houser has warned those building a new house in the flood zone to have engineering studies done.
He said insurance for newly mapped homes is offered at a discounted price but must be purchased within 12 months of map changes.
Any disagreement with the card can be appealed using a “card modification letter” which will require a certificate of elevation at the cost of
To see a detailed flood map, go to www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html. À la carte from
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