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Supervisor Reilich Shares Information Regarding National Flood Insurance Program Rebuilding Requirements

For all residents who have sustained damage as a result of the recent flooding events, please take every step necessary to ensure that reconstruction and repairs are done in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations, NYS Building Codes, and Local Flood Damage Prevention Law in order to reduce the likelihood of damages from future flooding events. Please note that any construction along the shoreline will require various agency permits, including such activities as placement of new propane tanks, installing sheds and placing fill, in addition to repairing damaged buildings.

The focus of the NFIP is to require damaged structures within mapped flood hazard areas to be constructed in a manner that is reasonably safe from flooding. In order to accomplish this, proper building elevation and protection techniques are needed.  If your home has been “Substantially Damaged”, as defined in NFIP regulations, additional requirements may apply.

 “I was recently contacted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with information regarding rebuilding requirements for structures located within the FEMA mapped special flood hazard areas within New York State” said Supervisor Reilich. “As shoreline residents work to recover from the damaging flood waters of 2019, Town of Greece staff will be ready to help you through the permitting process. Helpful information can be found at the links provided below, and residents should feel free to contact the town with any questions at 225-2000”.

To learn more about construction in flood zones, visit

To learn more about determining if the structure has substantial damage, visit