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Workshop to cover coastal construction and National Flood Insurance Program

By Staff | Jan 20, 2011

KIHEI — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources and FEMA Region IX will offer a valuable training opportunity for engineers, architects, surveyors and community officials that deal with floodplain development in high-risk coastal zones.

Slated for 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 10, at the Pacific Disaster Center at 1305 North Holopono St. in Kihei, the workshop is free but seating will be limited. Early registration is encouraged this week.

Currently, Maui County is undergoing mapping revisions to update coastal flood risk maps based on FEMA’s recently completed Hurricane Flood Insurance Risk Study.

This workshop will cover National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations for development in a coastal high hazard flood zone.

Topics will include: background on the National Flood Insurance Program, understanding the importance of the Flood Insurance Rate maps, floodplain management regulations for coastal development, the county building permit process and flood insurance implications for structures.

Speakers will include Sarah Owen, natural hazard specialist with FEMA Region IX in Oakland, California; and Carol Tyau-Beam of the Hawaii DLNR.

Registration forms may be downloaded at www.hawaiinfip.org. Mail the completed application form to DLNR Engineering Division, Attn: Ms. Kristen Akamine, P.O. Box 373, Honolulu, HI 96809.

For more information, call Kristen Akamine at 587-0281 or Jerome Acadimia at 587-0254.