An updated flood map will become effective in the Town of Richmond on August 4, 2014. Flood Insurance Rate Maps are produced by FEMA to identify flood hazard risks for the National Flood Insurance Program. The current and future flood hazard maps are viewable at the Richmond Town Center Building. The current map is also online at the FEMA map service center www.msc.fema.gov . To view the new maps (upcoming Preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM)) please visit the Vermont Flood Ready Atlas at tinyurl.com/floodreadyatlas
Owners of buildings in Richmond should be aware of the flood risks shown on the new map. Over one hundred buildings currently identified as in low risk locations will be reclassified as being in high risk locations when the new map goes into effect. If a building is currently identified as in a low risk location, and later will be in a high risk location, a special low cost insurance opportunity is available to those who obtain flood insurance immediately before the map change.
The Town of Richmond has worked with Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission to help identify buildings in or near the area of map change. Please remember that the official version of the current map (July 5, 1982) is actually the paper (or .pdf) version of the map. Contact the Richmond Town Planner at 434-2430 or email@example.com for more information.
Buildings identified as going from low risk to high risk during the map change are eligible to obtain flood insurance now at the lowest rate. If the policy with the grandfathered rate zone is maintained it can be passed on to future owners. Structures in the area of map change that do not have an active policy (check deposited) by the time the new designation goes into effect will have access to a Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) in the first year, then rates will gradually increase to the full costs for a property considered high risk. Please note that the policy must be paid, processed and fully in effect before August 4th to qualify for lower rates. To get flood insurance or more information on grandfathering contact the agent that provides your homeowner’s insurance or find an agent using www.FloodSmart.gov.
Flood insurance is rated for the highest risk area that any part of the building touches. Any mortgage or loan to a building in the Special Flood Hazard Area must have insurance for the flood risk. In Richmond, most of the structures in the Special Flood Hazard Area as identified on the new map do not have flood insurance and would benefit by immediately securing insurance.
The Town of Richmond has reached out to people in the area of change to inform them of their need to get insurance. Affected residents who wish to obtain grandfathered status and rates should not delay. Flood insurance must be paid, processed and in effect by August 4th in order to achieve grandfathered status.