(Harrisburg) -- The commonwealth has launched a new service aimed at helping people evaluate their need for flood insurance. PAFloodMaps.com shows digital flood insurance rate maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Theresa Elliott with the state Department of Community and Economic Development says the maps are designed for planning, permitting and insurance applications. "Community officials can access the information to effectively create flood plan management strategies in order to assure public safety in the event of a flood," she says. Elliott says the maps show what areas are hazards or so-called "risk premium zones." It features an interactive tool that lets users enter an address and access information relating to that property. The site also links to FEMA's national flood insurance Webpage that explains how to buy the protection.
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