FEMA’s Updated Maps For Wellington Now Available

The Village of Wellington and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are working to update flood insurance rate maps for the village. These maps reflect the level of flood hazard for residents’ properties and are used by insurers to determine flood insurance requirements and premiums. The proposed flood maps are now available at www.wellingtonfl.gov; click the “Floodplain Management” icon at the bottom of the home page to locate a specific property.

According to the proposed flood maps, most, if not all, principal structures in Wellington have a “Zone X” Flood Hazard Classification and are not within the 1 percent Flood Zone Hazard Area — more commonly referred to as the “100 Year Flood Zone.” Flood insurance is not required for structures within “Zone X.”

Property owners are strongly encouraged to review the latest flood maps to determine and verify the classification of their property and contact their insurance representatives with any insurance concerns. It is not uncommon for certain sections of a property, such as yards, driveways, pastures and ancillary structures, to be within the 1 percent Flood Zone Hazard Area. However, this does not mean that the principal structure is within the hazard area.

Questions regarding the proposed flood maps can be directed to Matt Mills, Wellington’s floodplain manager. He can be reached at (561) 791-4000 or by e-mail at mmills@wellingtonfl.gov.

In addition, Wellington will conduct a community outreach meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 3 between 5 and 8 p.m. at the Wellington Community Center ( 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd.). Wellington representatives will be available to assist residents with locating their property and determining their flood zone classification. Representatives will also be available to answer any questions you may have about flood insurance.