A new federal law means major changes in flood control insurance.
On Wednesday, Santa Barbara County is hosting a community workshop on the changes, which could significantly impact property owners in federally designated FEMA flood plains.
The Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 is intended to better adjust rates to reflect the current risk to property, and bring stability to the flood insurance program.
The changes mean some rates will go down, but for others, in high threat areas, they could go up significantly.
The flood insurance is a federal program, but Santa Barbara County Flood Control, and Water Conservation District officials are holding the workshop as a community service.
The workshop will take place at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, in the County Board of Supervisors chambers in Santa Barbara. Central Coast residents can take part in the workshop, and ask question via remote video by going to Santa Barbara County’s Social Services building in the Betteravia Government Center, in Santa Maria.