The city of Sandy Springs recently has revised its flood maps, which are developed to identify potential flood hazards.

Director of Public Works Tom Black said at a May 17 meeting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) intends to adopt the new flood maps in the fall of 2011.

Since the last survey was in the 1980s, Black said residents may see new flood insurance requirements.

Black suggested residents could have lower rates if they purchased insurance before the revised maps take effect. That is because the National Flood Insurance Program grandfathers in policy holders who bought or kept coverage before the redrawing of the maps, which could result in an insurance savings.

City officials said residents can comment on the new maps during an upcoming review process. For additional information, visit and