Coastal Management and Flood Hazard Mitigation

*** UPDATE - On August 6, 2018, FEMA announced the availability of grant funding through its Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs.  These competitive grant programs  can fund home elevations projects.  The Town of Scituate will be submitting a Letter of Intent to MEMA by October 1, 2018.  Please contact Brad Washburn as soon as possible at bwashburn@scituatema.gov if you are interested in applying.

 

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A FLOODPLAIN?

If you don’t know or understand how your property could be impacted by flooding, you may wish to learn more about the risk associated with your propoerty.  The information below will help you identify and understand your risk: https://www.scituatema.gov/sites/scituatema/files/uploads/know_your_risks_350.pdf

PROTECT NATURAL FLOODPLAIN FUNCTIONS

Storm drains are those grates in the streets next to the curbs where water naturally flows.  Unfortunately, leaves and debris can also naturally flow in to the storm drains.  Keeping those drains free from trash and debris is important to flood prevention.  Visit this page for tips on how to help protect storm drains and other natural flood plain functions. http://www.scituatema.gov/sites/scituatema/files/uploads/protect_natural_floodplains.pdf

INSURE YOUR PROPERTY

Do you know how to get flood insurance and what it truly covers you against?  While most of us understand the importance of flood insurance if we are in a flood hazard area, did you know that even if you aren’t in a hazard area, you still need insurance to be covered?  The information on this page will help you understand the importance of flood insurance and provide informative links to find an agent. https://www.scituatema.gov/sites/scituatema/files/uploads/insure_your_property_350.pdf

 PROTECT PEOPLE

It’s important to know what to do in the event of a flood.  Do you know how to receive flood warnings?  Do you know where to go if you need to evacuate your home?  What if a street is closed or just looks flooded – what do you do?  Have you heard the phrase, Turn Around, Don’t Drown?  The information on this page will help answer some of these important questions.https://www.scituatema.gov/sites/scituatema/files/uploads/protect_people_350.pdf

BUILD RESPONSIVELY

Did you know there are special regulations for any type of construction in a special flood hazard area?  Everyone needs to obtain a permit to build, and you can learn about these regulations and more information to keep you safe by visiting the information on this page.   

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New Information to Coastal Mapping, Insurance, Flood Insurance Rate Maps and the Community Rating System

 

New England Coastal Mapping          

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1403804997209-37209448a13847ede580ffdfd972d91a/New+England+Coastal+Fact+Sheet-6-26-14.pdf

 

Benefits of Flood Insurance vs Disaster Assistance

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1643-20490-9801/f_217_benefits_30nov2012_web.pdf

 

Adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps by Participating Communities

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1903-25045-4604/p_495.pdf

 

Community Rating System

https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/9998

 

 

Staff Contacts

Name Phone
Brad Washburn 781-545-8868