Topanga Town Council

Dept. of Public Works to Host Sept. 15 Discussion on Revised FEMA Maps, and More

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A Message From the LA County Department of Public Works:

"DPW wishes to inform you that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has re-delineated floodplain boundaries in Topanga, Old Topanga, Cold Creek, Dark and Escondido Canyons to more accurately reflect the Special Flood Hazard Areas on FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

On August 15, 2018, we mailed out notifications to the affected property owners. Attached is a copy of the notification letter. Each owner was also provided an exhibit showing the flood zone boundary changes on his/her property. Copies of the notification letter and the exhibits are posted on our website at:
https://dpw.lacounty.gov/WMD/NFIP/TopangaCanyonFEMAMapRevision.aspx.

The revised FEMA maps will show a decrease in the flood hazard on many properties. However, for some properties, the revised FEMA maps will show the same or increased flood hazard. The revised FEMA maps will also newly map some properties into Special Flood Hazard Areas that were not previously mapped in this flood zone before.

Structures with federally-backed loans located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (e.g., Zones A, AE) on the FEMA maps are required by their lenders to maintain flood insurance as a condition of their loans. The revised FEMA maps will become effective on December 21, 2018. Owners of such structures should contact their insurance agents as soon as possible to discuss their flood insurance rating options. Purchasing a flood insurance policy before the revised flood map becomes effective on December 21, 2018, may be a lower cost option.

All property owners and renters are encouraged to discuss the purchase of flood insurance with their insurance agent regardless of their flood zone. More than one-third of all National Flood Insurance Program claims originate on buildings located outside of the Special Flood Hazard Areas.

Information on buying flood insurance can be found on FEMA's Website at: https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program/How-Buy-Flood-Insurance.

Property owners and residents are invited to attend an open house that Public Works is hosting to discuss the revised FEMA maps, flood insurance requirements, and flood zone mapping:

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map Revision for
Topanga, Old Topanga, Cold Creek, Dark and Escondido Canyons
Topanga County Library
122 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Topanga, CA 90290
September 15, 2018, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Access the Open House Agenda: here.

For those residents who are unable to attend the Open House, DPW will post the presentation and handouts at: https://dpw.lacounty.gov/WMD/NFIP/TopangaCanyonFEMAMapRevision.aspx. "


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