Be prepared, residents of Forks and Palmer townships: Your flood zone could be changing.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is undertaking a multi-year project to re-examine flood zones in Northampton County, including Palmer and Forks.
The project is designed to develop detailed, digital hazard maps—Flood Insurance Rate Maps—that reflect current flood risks, replacing maps that are over a decade old.
With Forks and Palmer prone to flooding, flood insurance is required once these maps become effective. For more information on flood insurance, visit the National Flood Insurance Program's website.
The maps are projected to become effective in September as will any new flood insurance requirements. The maps may be reviewed at the Palmer Township municipal office.