Friday, January 08, 2016

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps Revised For Suffolk County

Properties in Suffolk County, which includes Fort Point and South Boston, maybe subject to changes in the the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps effective March 16, 2016. 

FEMA in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the City of Boston Environmental Department will be hosting a community open house on:

Tuesday, January 12
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Boston Teachers Union Hall
180 Mt Vernon St, 
Dorchester, MA 02125
RSVP (not required)

The Open House will provide assistance to people with further questions about the changes including additional information about flood zones, personal assistance with the reading of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps and available options to mitigate the impact of these changes.

FEMA has made a provision for property owners who obtain flood insurance prior to the rate increase on March 16th, whereas they will be grandfathered in at the existing tier rate.

To understand the potential impact, you are encouraged to utilize the following resources:
  • Look up addresss of the updated maps at the FEMA Map Service Center Portal
  • Call a FEMA Map Specialist to help read the map at 877-336-2627
  • Visit for more information about flood insurance
  • Call a FEMA Insurance Specialist to discuss all the insurance options- 888-379-9531
For additional tips on reading FEMA maps, visit Greenovate Boston

Also available is "Boston's Flood Zone Grows, Adding Insurance Costs For Thousands" by The Boston Harbor Association

sources: Important Public Notice form the City of Boston Environmental Department and DCR Massachusetts, The Boston Harbor Association and FPNA Special Edition Meeting January 6, 2016. 

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