Murray, Darcy Encourage Valley Stream Residents to Attend Community Update Meeting on Proposed Changes to FEMA Flood Maps

Many Valley Stream homeowners felt they were incorrectly dumped in flood zones in 2009 when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) updated its maps. Under pressure from Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilman James Darcy, village officials, federal representatives and frustrated homeowners, FEMA reevaluated the flood maps in question.

Murray and Darcy announce that FEMA will be presenting its proposed changes to the flood maps during an upcoming community meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, January 2nd at 7PM at Valley Stream Village Hall.

“When FEMA proposed its flood maps in 2009, thousands of Valley Stream residents were erroneously placed into flood zones,” Murray said. “Changes to the maps were necessary, and I am eager to see FEMA’s updates at this important meeting.”

“I encourage concerned community members to attend this important meeting to find out how the new FEMA flood map changes will affect them,” Darcy said.

FEMA’s flood zone maps were recently shown to not “hold water” during Hurricane Sandy as extensive flooding did not occur in many areas which were included in flood zones. Nearly 5,000 homeowners in the Valley Stream region are now expected to be removed from flood zones as a result of the proposed changes.

“I thank United States Senator Charles Schumer for his assistance in urging FEMA to reevaluate the flood maps and all of the village officials and homeowners who joined us in this effort,” Murray said.