GERMAN FLATTS, N.Y. -- FEMA officials and the New York State Department of Conservation are helping residents in Herkimer County learn more about their risk for flooding.
Flooding is an ongoing issue in Herkimer county. FEMA held a public meeting in German Flatts to discuss a flood plain map proposal. Mohawk resident Donald Meeker says his home has been impacted by flooding in the past.
"Our house was literally surrounded like an island,” Meeker said. “So, it was kind of scary. Really loud, and we couldn't even evacuate because there was so much water surrounding us."
Local, state, and federal officials want residents to know if they live in the flood zone, and learn about potential changes to flood insurance rates.
"Probably a small, small percentage is going to find themselves outside of the floodplain, but probably more likely there's more properties that are in the flood plain listing now than there was in the past," said German Flatts Town Supervisor Peter Rovazzi.
Flood insurance rates could increase for people whose homes are not up to code with flooding regulations. Next FEMA will begin preparing for their 90-day appeal period that starts in February. The appeal period is a chance for residents to send in any technical concerns about the flood plain maps that they want FEMA to review.
You can check FEMA’s website to see if your home is in the flood zone.