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New Broward Flood Zone Maps Become Official Next Week

Back in February, FEMA issued a letter notifying unincorporated Broward County and its 31 municipal governments that new flood zone maps had been drawn up and finalized.

Now those new flood zones will go into affect starting on Monday, according to the county.

What this means, basically, is that homeowners who live in places like Miramar, Weston and Pembroke Pines, will no longer have to carry flood insurance.

According to the new mapping, a good portion of land parcels in flood zones were dropped from FEMA's new maps mainly because some newer communities west of the Florida Turnpike have improved drainage and sit on higher ground.

The new maps will be used by insurance companies specifically for flood insurance purposes. The maps will also be referenced for any and all new construction or improvements to existing structures.

"During the next six months, FEMA will disseminate copies of the finalized flood maps and unincorporated Broward County and the municipal governments must adopt the finalized flood maps," according to Broward county's website.

The county is encouraging residents and businesses to view the new flood maps to assess the potential flood risk in specific areas.

You can also figure out what flood zone -- in any -- your home or business falls into, and whether or not insurance is mandated by logging onto the county's interactive viewing map.

Type in any address, and the new map will tell you which zone it falls under.

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