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Doug K

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Rochester Eastside Flood Maps from FEMA
« on: June 19, 2018, 01:17:36 pm »
Filling a request for posting FEMA Flood Maps on the Eastside of Rochester. Many of these towns are currently involved in a Court Case that is has stopped this Public Safety project from proceeding through Phase 1 Remediation. After looking at these maps and seeing the current Flood Zones associated with the Erie Canal, I can only wonder why MORE neighbors of the Erie Canal aren't trying to force a restart of the NY Canal Corporation work.

If the Canal Embankments are NOT repaired and moved from their current Unsafe Rating back to Safe, it will NOT be long before these maps change. That could mean many more Erie Canal Neighbors will be forced to purchase Flood Insurance until such a time as these Embankment Dams get the repair they sorely need. 

If you live adjacent to or under the shadow of the Erie Canal Trail Embankments you should be concerned about anything standing in the way of safety.

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Re: Rochester Eastside Flood Maps from FEMA
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2018, 05:00:44 am »
Here's the map for my property. The 'flood zone' is the actual canal area, but it also crosses over my back yard and runs across my swimming pool. I had to get a variance to install the pool.
What I find laughable is that my property is in a flood zone, but it's at least 5 feet higher than the embankment opposite. It's physically impossible to flood me, because the water would spill over the dam first.

If you look closely, you'll see that to the left of the canal, the entire area is at least 50 feet below the top of the dam, yet it is designated a MINIMAL HAZARD FLOOD ZONE.
To the right of the canal, it is also marked MINIMAL FLOOD HAZARD. This area, for those that aren't familiar with it, is 20-100 feet higher than the canal.

« Last Edit: August 06, 2018, 06:26:13 am by Michael Caswell »