DFIRM’s, FEMA, NFIP, Getting Closer!

Now that I’ve used all the acronyms, we’ll get to the heart of the matter. The Washington County DFIRMS are considered to be final unless there is some really glaring line error and even then it would take hiring an engineer to get the line changed on the DFIRM. So, for all intents and purposes, the DFIRM’s are final. We have the opportunity on Monday, July 27 to see the unveiling of the Washington County DFIRM’s, talk with FEMA and State Floodplain folks about the NFIP program, bylaws, requirements and timeline for updating local flood hazard bylaws. These two meetings will take place in Waterbury, at the State complex, in the Skylight conference room at 2 to 4 p.m. AND at 7 to 9 p.m. All local officials involved in flood plain bylaw development, enforcement, etc are strongly encouraged to attend this July 27 meeting. It is very important because in order for a municipality to remain in the NFIP program and thereby, property owners to get a reduced rate on flood insurance, the community’s flood hazard bylaws must meet new NFIP standards. The State wants to receive all Washington County flood plain bylaws for their review by March 2010. That’s not a lot of time and is why we URGE you to attend the July 27 meeting and find out everything you need to know so you can begin or complete your work on your flood plain bylaws. The earlier your bylaws are submitted for State review, the quicker the process will go forward.

There will be follow up meetings on September 16, 2 to 4 p.m. AND 7 to 9 p.m., at CVRPC’s office in Montpelier, to assist with questions, issues and problems related to getting flood plain bylaws reviewed and approved. Municipalities that have already updated their flood plain bylaws, but have not had them reviewed and approved by the State should get them submitted quickly so they can be reviewed and if corrections are needed, they can be corrected and adopted. This workshop will be a good time to get last minute questions answered. Even though you may attend the July 27 DFIRM map meeting, we encourage you to also plan to attend the September 16 workshop, too. CVRPC staff is here to assist and are awaiting your calls and emails. Reach out and ask away! cvrpc@cvregion.com or call 802/229-0389. We’ re here for you!