FEMA Group Coming To Town

By Sondra Murphy

Valley residents with concern about floodplain maps and flood insurance ratings will have the opportunity next week to be updated on the area’s status. Supervisor Steve Bennett has arranged to have the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s California regional engineer attend a public meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road. The meeting will cover topics of interest to property owners in or near floodplains or levees, including how existing floodplain maps and flood insurance ratings were established, as well as FEMA’s process and schedule for updating floodplain maps for the Ojai Valley. The potential decertification of the Live Oak Acres Levee and how new floodplain maps might affect properties near floodplains will also be discussed. The purchase of federal flood Insurance and how to reduce flood risk and a flood insurance rating will be included in the topics of discussion. FEMA has been in the process of certifying flood

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