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New Cedar Rapids floodplain will impact 1,900 properties

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) – On April 5, 2010, the updated flood insurance rate maps of Cedar Rapids, also known as floodplain maps, will change the flood risk category of approximately 1,900 properties. The City of Cedar Rapids is working with the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to inform residents about how the map change will impact flood insurance premium rates. (Please note that all other properties will remain in the same flood risk category.)

"The new floodplain map designates about half of the 1,900 properties in a higher flood risk category and the other half in a lower flood risk flood category," said Dave Elgin, city engineer and public works director.

As of April 5, 2010, properties located in the Special Flood Hazard Area, as designated by the updated flood insurance rate maps, that receive funding from a federally-insured lending institution will be required to purchase flood insurance. Properties that move into a higher flood risk category on the new maps are eligible for grandfathered insurance premium rates if purchased before April 5, 2010.

Cedar Rapids residents are invited to attend an information session on Thursday March 11, any time between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., to review the new official floodplain maps and to speak with FEMA, IDNR and City representatives. The event will be held in the Community Room at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, on the lower level of Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Road SW.

Residents are encouraged to study the information displayed at the session. No formal presentation will be provided, but experts will be on hand to answer questions.

FEMA published the current flood insurance rate maps for the City of Cedar Rapids in 1982 and issued one revision in 1991. To view the 2010 maps online, CLICK HERE.



The FEMA Map Modernization program is a national initiative. To learn more about it, visit

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