MARTINSVILLE – The City of Martinsville held a meeting with
The meeting reviewed the detailed assessment of areas affected by flooding in Zone AE
AE flood zones apply to areas that are at risk of experiencing an annual flood. AE areas are considered to be areas at high risk of flooding.
The main purpose of the meeting was to review the revised flood risk information for the region and city, and to clarify the mapping process. Flood management was also discussed as a way to update local laws to reflect all maps updated to comply with the National Flood Insurance Program.
If the city chooses to participate in the National Flood Insurance Plan, it must also incorporate the newly revised flood protection policy into its flood protection policy. This section must be completed by the time the new Flood Insurance Map goes into effect.
Martinsville city officials, including the Mayor
“Many of these organizations don’t have insurance because they don’t need it. The first sign they’ll get from a lender is a letter asking them to buy plastic or the lender will buy it on their behalf at a higher price,” Hinterlong said.
Homeowners insurance policies were also discussed. A discount is available to property owners because the selected properties are within the new map.
To take advantage of the newly mapped discount, flood insurance must be purchased within 12 months of the new map’s effective date. The discount offers 70% discount for the first time
Homeowners will have plenty of opportunities to learn more about insurance options at two open houses next month. It is also recommended that they contact their insurers to obtain flood insurance quotes.
For property owners participating in the National Flood Insurance Program who have flood insurance, their premiums will not exceed an 18% increase each year.
A real open house is planned
At the meeting it was decided that the original date that had been planned for the resettlement. The date, time and place will be confirmed soon.
Open houses are designed to give property owners plenty of opportunities to ask any questions they may have about map changes and insurance. Notes from attendees will also be collected. It will also provide a platform for local authorities and experts involved in mapping to provide relevant information.
Once the two buildings open, a 90-day appeal period will begin. This is expected to start in January and be completed
Homeowners and anyone else who would like to submit comments or complaints are encouraged to
Before the 90-day appeal period begins, each affected community will receive a letter of appeal from
“All requests or comments will be reviewed or answered beforehand
The original maps are not valid until six months after the LFD date, which has not yet been confirmed.
“Once you go to the LFD, basically the community has six months before the deadline to change their floodplain ordinance. I know the people of Morgan County have passed laws that have amended language that could affect those changes but we did. The new model ordinance,”
Hinterlong spent part of the meeting explaining the partnership between them
The PAL designation for Martinsville has expired
“It was established under a non-binding agreement. It was signed in 2009 and it took 24 months to provide us with the data,” Hinterlong said. “In 2011, when it became clear that you could not provide us with data, we started some discussions that we could do together to show the risk and bring a modern hydraulic model that can be used to evaluate the options.”
Hinterlong continued to reveal it
Between 2016 and 2021,
Flooding in Martinsville
Martinsville is no stranger to flooding. In 2008, the southern part of the city was flooded, severely damaging homes, businesses and schools.
Southern Martinsville has a history of being prone to flooding. Sartor Ditch and Hilldale-Cemetery Ditch are used extensively in the area to drain excess stormwater and divert it away from the city. Water from both canals enters
The original Morgan County Insurance Rate Map and Flood Insurance report can be viewed online here.
Property owners are encouraged to visit