New Maps Show 35K More New York City Buildings in Flood Zones

January 30, 2013

About 35,000 homes and businesses in New York City and Westchester County are being added to flood zones under new preliminary federal maps. They’re expected to affect flood insurance rates and zoning rules.

FEMA released revised maps Monday for parts of the city, including Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn. New maps for other areas are expected next month.

Already, the maps double the number of properties in the zones.

Exact impacts vary by property. But many owners who are rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy may be urged to set ground floors three to six feet higher than zoning rules previously required.

Some undamaged properties might have to be elevated or face higher flood insurance costs in coming years.

The maps are available on FEMA’s web site.

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