The Federal Emergency Management Agency is holding hearings on proposed flood maps in Ada and Canyon County.
FEMA has come up with new maps that change the outline of the 100-year floodplain. That’s the area that has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year.
The maps are preliminary and include areas along the Boise River, Nine Mile Creek, Mill Slough and Willow Creek. Hundreds of homes in Boise, Garden City, Eagle and Star fall inside the new floodplain districts proposed by FEMA.
The maps are used in a variety of ways. They can change flood insurance rates for homes and buildings in the flood plain. They also may affect the ability of owners to make additions or other improvements. The maps are important when deciding how the land will be used and when officials make development decisions.
Thursday’s meeting will take place at Lowell Scott Middle School in Boise from 6-8 p.m.
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