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Preliminary Flood Maps in Sarasota Florida

Preliminary flood insurance rate maps for Sarasota County, Fla., can be reviewed at three public open houses during the week of January 19, 2015. Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and are used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.

Some homeowners in Sarasota County might have to purchase flood insurance for the first time or pay to elevate their property sometime next year. County officials are updating flood maps, which could shift more than 42,000 properties into high risk zones.

The open houses provide homeowners, business owners, renters, realtors, mortgage lenders, surveyors, and insurance agents in Sarasota County and its municipalities with the opportunity to see the preliminary maps, learn about their risk of flooding, and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for their property. Specialists will be available to talk about flood insurance, engineering, development permits and more.

You can see where you are on the new maps at