Syracuse, New York (WSYR-TV) – FEMA has drafted new flood maps for all of Onondaga County -- and in some towns and villages, they look a lot different.
Codes inspectors are getting their first look at the new maps; from there, they say they'll be notifying homeowners of any changes that may affect your property.
“We did brand new studies on about 60 miles of streams throughout the county, and then we just updated topographical information on other streams and rivers,” says Bill Nechamen, with DEC floodplain management.
The DEC says one of the areas in the county that saw the largest number of changes was downtown Syracuse, because of Onondaga Creek.
There are significant changes in other towns too – but since the maps are so new, code inspectors are trying figure out exactly where. If they find you're now in a flood zone and you weren't before, you'll have spend an extra few hundred dollars a year on flood insurance.
"This is the time to act on it, because it'll be at least a year until the maps are final. If you jump the gun and buy flood insurance now, you get a reduced rate being in a low risk area. When the maps change, that reduced rate will be grandfathered," Nechamen says.
In some cases, the new maps have eliminated flood zones, so if you live in one of those areas, you could actually drop the insurance.
You can file an objection to the new maps if you feel like your property should be given a second look -- but you have to provide either an engineering study or survey.
The DEC is having an open house Tuesday night until 9:00 p.m. at the Camillus Fire Department; the new maps will be on display.
But again each village and town told me, they'll be notifying homeowners who are affected by
To see the new flood map, CLICK HERE. You may have to zoom in to see and select your region.
To see the latest flood insurance study for Onondaga County, CLICK HERE.