TAVARES — Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be conducting an open house on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center Auditorium, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares to inform residents and business owners about proposed changes to the Lake County flood maps that will be adopted in the future.
The changes to the proposed flood maps include areas both inside and outside of municipal limits in Lake County, and could affect the flood risk designations assigned to homes and businesses. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to learn about the risks of flooding based on the data presented in the new maps and steps to take to protect property from the extensive damage that floods can cause.
The proposed flood maps were the result of a study prepared by AECOM, an engineering consulting firm contracted by FEMA. Representatives from local insurance agencies, AECOM, the Lake County Department of Public Works and officials from local municipalities will also be available at the open house to answer questions and to take comments.
The draft maps will be on display prior to the open house at the Lake County Department of Public Works, located at 437 Ardice Ave. in Eustis and can be viewed Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about flood map changes in unincorporated areas of the county, call the Lake County Department of Public Works’ Stormwater Section at (352) 483-9081.