The Red Hook town board unanimously passed a resolution at its March 13 meeting altering the Town’s Flood Damage Protection Code to incorporate new flood plain maps and development guidelines provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Municipalities are required to follow these guidelines in order for residents to qualify for the National Flood Insurance Program.
If the town had not incorporated the changes into law by May 2, Red Hook residents would no longer qualify for federal insurance and would likely find flood insurance to be prohibitively expensive.
According to the town, these changes are not a result of the damage caused by Hurricane Irene last year. New maps are issued periodically, and the timing was coincidental.
The Village of Tivoli also adopted the new flood maps at its March 21 meeting.