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  • 2016-09-08 Flood Zone Open House Flood Zone Open House

    Meet One-on-One with
    Federal, State & City Officials

    Thursday, September 8, 2016
    4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Southwest Community Center

    401 South Avenue
    Syracuse, New York

    Press Release 8-22-2016

    New Flood Insurance Rate Maps
    for the City of Syracuse

    Affected areas in Syracuse (see map [pdf])
    Harbor Brook        Meadowbrook       Onondaga Creek       Onondaga Lake       Ley Creek

    Brief History of new flood maps
    New Flood Insurance Study in Syracuse started by Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA) in 2005.
    Draft Flood Insurance Rate Maps provided to Syracuse in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
    City of Syracuse reviewed the draft Flood Insurance Study and Flood Insurance Rate Map and found errors.
    FEMA corrected mapping based on City appeals; Senators Schumer and Gillibrand helped City appeals.
    City review and appeals helped to reduce the number of parcels in the newly-mapped Onondaga Creek floodplain by over 30%.
    Final Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps provided by FEMA in May 2015; FEMA Final Letter of Determination in May 2016.
    Syracuse is required to adopt the Flood Insurance Study and Flood Insurance Rate maps by September 2016 for them to be effective in November.

    Changes to Mapped Floodplains
     (click here for a list of parcels [pdf])
    Parcels in
    Old Floodplain
    Parcels in
    New Floodplain
    Total Syracuse 963 237 726 876 1,602

    National Flood Insurance Program
    Syracuse is part of the National Flood Insurance Program which subsidizes flood insurance, lowering flood insurance rates for residents and businesses.
    If Syracuse does not adopt the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Flood Insurance Rate Map , the City will be suspended from the National Flood Insurance Program and not be eligible for federal disaster assistance.
    Properties in the Special Flood Hazard Area are required by federal law to have flood insurance if the property has a federally-backed mortgage. Property owners acquire flood insurance through a private insurance company at federally-subsidized rates.
    There is a “grandfathering” period where owners can purchase flood insurance at lower rates for a limited time.
    To find out the status of your flood insurance you should contact the bank that holds your home mortgage.

    Community Rating System
    Syracuse is part of the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System and gets evaluated every five years regarding floodplain management activities. Our current rating is 7 which qualifies residents for a 15% discount on flood insurance.
    The Community Rating System scale starts at 10 and the lower the rating the better. Each lower number is another 5% discount on flood insurance. The more floodplain management (i.e. laws/regulations, detention basins, etc.) and community outreach/education (i.e. brochures, public meetings, websites, etc.) regarding flood risks that Syracuse performs, the better the Community Rating System.

    Appeals Process - Letter of Map Amendment
    FEMA has a process for owners whose property is shown within the Special Flood Hazard Area but who believe their property/structure is above the base flood elevation and not subject to flooding.
    The owner completes a Letter of Map Amendment, including a survey from a licensed surveyor and submits it to FEMA. FEMA will make a determination if the property is in or out of the Special Flood Hazard Area.
    The owner must then provide determination to bank/mortgage company.

    Onondaga County
    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    Map Change Toolkit with guides and model letters to residents now in or out of the floodplain.
    City of Syracuse Engineering Dept. (448-8005)
    Hard copies of Flood Insurance Rate Maps
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    For information on the FEMA process and/or the National Flood Insurance Program
    contact your Federal representative:
    Senator Charles Schumer  (315) 423-5471
    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (315) 448-0470
    Congressman John Katko (315) 423-5657
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