The Town of Gardnerville will be hosting an open house on flood map changes 6 p.m. Aug. 23 in the town administrative offices, 1407 Highway 395.
Upcoming changes in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's designation of flood-prone areas include the addition of Special Flood Hazard Areas, or floodplains, in the vicinity of Martin Slough, Cottonwood Slough, Pine Nut Creek and Allerman Canal.
Community officials will answer questions regarding flood risks as well as flood insurance. FEMA and State of Nevada representatives will also be on hand. Participants will learn about the National Flood Insurance Program's grandfathering provision and Preferred Risk Policy offer methods to reduce insurance rate premiums.
Property owners in flood-prone areas who have federally backed mortgages will be required to have flood insurance when the maps become final on Oct. 22. If you purchase flood insurance before the new maps are finalized, your insurance rate may be calculated at the current lower zone rates, which may be a significant savings. Renters may also purchase flood insurance if they wish.
For more information on flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov or contact the NFIP at 1 (800) 638-6620.
To view the flood maps, search the FEMA map service center, click on "How do I find a LOMC?" under the information tab, then find case No. 12-09-1513P, or visit the town's website at www.gardnerville-nv.gov.