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FEMA to meet with Nassau residents about flood maps

Forest Road Elementary School, 16 Forest Rd., Valley

Forest Road Elementary School, 16 Forest Rd., Valley Stream. (April 9, 2012) Credit: Nicole Bartoline

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will meet with residents in Valley Stream Monday to discuss changes to local flood maps.

The meeting will follow up on a law that passed Congress in June that requires FEMA to adopt new flood maps for Valley Stream, Lynbrook, Oceanside and other nearby Nassau County communities.

The measure corrects flood map changes in 2009 that added 25,000 property owners to the flood zone and led to higher insurance premiums.

In addition to FEMA officials, others attending the meeting will be Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), and members of the Mill Brook Civic Association, said Jason Hilliard, executive director for Meeks’ office. Hilliard said another, similar meeting will take place in the future.

“This is just an initial meeting to provide information regarding the flood maps,” Hilliard said. “This is the first meeting and there will be a more detailed meeting to follow.”

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Forest Road School,  16 Forest Rd. in South Valley Stream.

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