Maine City Officials Say Feds Revise Flood Rules

Thu July 01, 2010 - Northeast Edition

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Officials in Maine’s largest city and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have reached an agreement that keeps most of Portland Harbor from being classified as a high-risk flood zone.

On June 4, FEMA released revised flood maps that allows new structures to be built along Commercial Street.

New flood maps that FEMA had proposed would have reclassified most all of Portland Harbor as a high-risk flood zone. It would have prohibited new construction on the waterfront and reconstruction of any structure that was more than 50 percent destroyed.

The changes come after city and state officials had spent months encouraging FEMA to reconsider its flood designation for Portland harbor.