FEMA and local officials are holding Flood Risk Open Houses in Jacksonville in advance of flood zone changes:

Wednesday, January 25  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Edward Ball Building 214 North Hogan Street Jacksonville, FL 32202

The national coastal study requested by Congress has not been updated in 40 years, says Sr. Engineer for FEMA Region IV, Mark Vieira.

FEMA community prelimary flood hazard data

Once the flood map changes are finalized, designated Special Flood Hazard Zones may shift, affecting flood insurance rates for Florida communities.

For most federally backed mortgages (FHA, VA, Freddie Mac, reverse mortgages, home equity loans, etc.) flood insurance is a requirement and costs an average $700 a year.

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