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Albany County flood plains being updated

Preliminary maps comment period open, affects insurance rates and building requirements

A gazebo outside of Forts Ferry Road home is submerged in water from the rising levels of the Mohawk River after Tropical Storm Irene hit the Capital District. Flood maps in Albany County are being revised to better represent flooding potential.

A gazebo outside of Forts Ferry Road home is submerged in water from the rising levels of the Mohawk River after Tropical Storm Irene hit the Capital District. Flood maps in Albany County are being revised to better represent flooding potential.

— There are “quite a bit” of flood plain areas in Coeymans, according to Conrad, and it is an ongoing issue for the town. Conrad said he constantly hears people complaining about the cost of flood insurance.

Cramer said on April 29 the DEC held a meeting detailing the latest changes. Albany County will be provided with flood risk products (database, report and map) and flood risk datasets including flood depth and analysis grids, flood risk assessments and areas of mitigation interest.

“From a building inspector’s point of view the flood plain maps indentify any areas where certain building can’t be built unless they are built up to a certain elevation,” Cramer said.

The latest “base maps” also include detailed road layout and community boundaries. New 100-year flood information is incorporated that was developed by determining the hydrology of nearby rivers or creeks and then calculating the hydraulics.

Cramer said homeowners would also know the percentage of a certain type of storm occurring and flooding their property, such as a 10-year storm, 20-year storm and other variations of severity.

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