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Hawai‘i residents and property owners can locate and evaluate their flood hazard risks based on FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps using the new Hawai‘i Flood Hazard Assessment Tool, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The public can access the tool via the state of Hawai‘i National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.hawaiinfip.org

“This has been a goal of the state to create a tool that will easily assist all property owners and businesses to determine their flood hazard risks,” said Carol Tyau-Beam, the state’s National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator, in a press release.

Users can enter their address and view the relevant flood zone information as well as the parcel map and aerial photograph of the parcel.

The information will help property owners determine their level of risk from flooding and assist them in determining if flood insurance and/or regulatory building requirements apply to their structure.

The DLNR plans to continue to refine and expand the flood hazard assessment tool’s capabilities throughout 2008 to include more features.

The tool was developed in cooperation with FEMA under their Map Modernization Management Support program.

DLNR’s consultant, Onyx Group, incorporated various county databases, imagery and FEMA’s digital and hard copy FIRM maps into a geographical information system.

For further information, call the DLNR Engineering Division at 587-0233.

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