Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency told local leaders on Tuesday that they would slow down their flood mapping process and allow communities to submit data to challenge the agency’s preliminary maps, which put huge swaths of the county in high-hazard flood zones.
In an hour-long teleconference, FEMA officials set a deadline of Nov. 30 for the county and its 38 cities to submit data from their own research about local topography and flood control systems.
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What the Post reported
Preliminary, updated flood maps released by FEMA in June showed large areas that once appeared relatively free of flood concern now in high-risk flood zones. If the maps are not revised, property owners in those communities, including Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee and The Acreage, may be required to purchase flood insurance.