Recently, FEMA performed detailed coastal engineering analyses and mapping for the 15 California coastal counties, including Orange County. The analysis and mapping revised and updated the flood and wave data for the Orange County Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels along the open coast. FEMA distributed the preliminary FIRM panels (maps) to each affected jurisdiction, including Huntington Beach. The preliminary maps show some of the City’s shoreline and beach areas and all of the State beach areas will be placed into a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) as well as many properties in the Sunset Beach / Huntington Harbour area. In total, over a 1,000 parcels are proposed to be included in a SFHA (flood zone). The implications of having property placed into a SFHA include having to purchase flood insurance if the owner has a mortgage through a Federally regulated or insured lender and special construction requirements. A copy of the affected properties in Sunset Beach and Huntington Harbour may be accessed below. The City will host an information meeting for FEMA representatives to provide details about the study, explain the map changes and how it can affect flood insurance requirements for property owners. The meeting will be held on Wednesday June 14, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Room B-8, City Hall, Lower Level. More information on the FEMA Open Pacific Coast Study can be found here.
For further information, contact the Planning Division at 714-536-5271.
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