It’s official: significant portions of Boston, Mass., and vicinity will fall within the boundaries of the final versions of FEMA’s new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for the area. The public’s now getting a fresh look at the new maps, North End Waterfront reported (see: “FEMA / Americorps Introduce New Flood Maps Effective March 2016,” by Matt Conti).
The New Boston Post added details (see: “Boston’s flood zone grows, adding insurance costs for thousands,” by Beth Treffeisen). “The new maps reassess the risk of flooding in coastal areas of Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop during the most severe storms, or those that are likely to occur only once in a century,” the paper reported. “According to Boston City Hall, more than 1,000 city acres with more than 9,300 residential units and over 2,400 businesses have been added to at-risk zones in the city alone... Large parts of East Boston and Charlestown have been added to areas at risk. Increased harborside portions of the downtown and North End have also been added. Some of the biggest changes can be found in the West End, which was barely touched by the 2009 boundaries. Another big addition was made in Dorchester, where the flood zone expanded inland.”