Posted on August 1st, 2019

This open house is a means to begin/continue dialogue regarding the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and meet with residents in a one-on-one environment. This Open House will provide county residents with an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) as well. The FIS and FIRMs provide base flood (also known as the one percent annual chance event) information, designate areas that are subject to significant flood hazards within the county, and offer information that public officials may use when permitting development in the floodplain.

This Open House will be staffed with representatives from various local, state, and federal agencies who will provide the most current information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, and the process for floodplain mapping within Emmet County. The newly prepared preliminary floodplain maps will be on display. Once the maps become effective, they will be used as the basis for flood insurance as well as local flood protection regulations adopted under the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA also intends that they be used to assist planning processes and outreach efforts for better resiliency in response to flood and storm events.

WHEN: Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Harbor Springs, City Hall: 160 Zoll Street

Digital files of the Preliminary FIRMs and FIS report can be downloaded at