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FEMA has released four Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) covering portions of East Freetown. These proposed flood hazard determinations, if finalized, will become the basis for the floodplain management measures that Freetown must adopt to remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Town most recently adopted five revised panels covering areas in Assonet at Town Meeting held on June 16, 2014.


A 90 day appeal period began in early August, following the second of two public notifications in the Standard-Times by FEMA. During this 90 day appeal period, any owner or lessee of property who believes their rights will be adversely affected by the proposed determinations may send their appeal to the Town. Please note that the sole basis for such appeals is the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the proposed hazard determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect. The Town will forward such appeals to FEMA for review of the data, who will make modifications to the revised FIRM as may be appropriate. Please forward your letter of appeal and associated data to Lauren Moreau, Planning Technician, 3 N Main St, Assonet, MA 02702, (508) 644-2270 x1402, lmoreau@freetownma.gov  At the end of the 90 day appeal period and following the resolution of any appeals and comments, FEMA will send the Town a Letter of Final Determination and establish an effective date, by which adoption must occur at a Town Meeting.

Homeowners can submit a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) and supporting data to FEMA if they disagree with a determination of the FIRM panel that is currently effective. Additional information regarding this process can be found on FEMA’s website.


Below is the Link for the Index maps to see what panel will cover a property


Below is a link to review the Preliminary Maps that must be adopted at an upcoming Town Meeting.  Maps are also available for viewing in the second floor hallway in Town Hall. 


Below is a link to view current effective FIRMs