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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released for public review its revised flood insurance rate maps for the City and County of Honolulu.  The new maps, which are still under consideration by FEMA, include changes recommended by a new hurricane study for the southern shore of Oahu.


Residents who live near the shoreline, streams, or areas prone to flooding are urged to review the revised maps to see if their properties are affected by the changes which may have an effect on flood insurance premiums and future redevelopment.


The preliminary maps are posted on the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources’ website, .  The maps are also available for viewing at the City Department of Planning and Permitting’s Data Access & Imaging Branch located on the ground floor of the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building, 650 South King Street, Honolulu.


An informational open house will be held on August 27, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kilauea District Park Meeting Room, 4109 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu.  Representatives from FEMA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State Department of Land and Natural Resources, and the City and County of Honolulu, will be present to answer questions and receive comments on the new flood maps and flood insurance requirements.