New preliminary flood maps on display this week in Palm Beach County

New preliminary flood maps, which could change how much homeowners pay for flood insurance, will be on display for Palm Beach County residents starting Monday.

FEMA unveiled the maps for Palm Beach County in August.

This comes after an outcry last year from several people who claimed the old maps had errors that put some parts of the county in high-risk flood zones.

Because of the maps, insurance rates skyrocketed.

FEMA will show off the new maps during a series of public meetings in September.

The maps will become effective after a public comment period for residents and property owners. 

Below is a list of the four open house dates and locations the public can view the new maps:

Each of the meetings will take place between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on these dates.

* Monday, September 8, 2014                      
Boynton Beach City Library                
Library Program Room                                   
208 South Seacrest Boulevard            
Boynton Beach, FL 33435                  

* Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Palm Beach County
Hearing Room Chamber
2300 North Jog Road  
West Palm Beach, FL 33411

* Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Belle Glade Civic Center and Palm Beach County Library
725 NW 4th Street
Belle Glade, FL 33430

* Thursday, September 11, 2014
Jupiter Community Center
200 Military Trail
Jupiter, FL 33458   

Visit www.floodsmart.gov  for more information about flood insurance and to locate a local agent.

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