FEMA: 25,000 LI homes on new flood maps

FEMA released new flood maps of Long Island online Wednesday, adding more than 25,000 homes to the new flood zones.

James Callahan, Nassau County's commissioner of Emergency Management, says the new zones are based on the elevation of the land around the homes, rather than proximity to the ocean. Under FEMA's new guidelines, residents with property less than 13 feet above sea level must purchase flood insurance.

Officials say homeowners who purchase flood insurance before Sept. 10 will be able to get at least one year of coverage for under $400. Most flood insurance costs between $1,500 and $2,000 a year.

Nassau County Flood MapSuffolk County Flood Map

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."