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Buffet Breakfast: 7:30 ~ Program: 8:00 - 9:00 AM
Join us on Thursday, June 24, 2010 from 7:30 - 9:00 AM at the Clarion Hotel as our panelist discusses the impacts of FEMA’s new digital coastal flood zone mapping.
This presentation will focus on the impact of FEMA’s new digital coastal flood zone mapping. The 100-year Flood elevations and particularly the VE-zone (high velocity wave zones within which building is restricted) have moved higher and more inland than on previous maps. Much prime coastal land may lose its development potential and flood insurance rates will greatly increase for structures in the flood zone. Our speaker, Robert Gerber, P.E., of Sebago Technics, Inc., will discuss the reasons for this and how some cities and towns in Maine are negotiating with FEMA to change the new proposed maps.
Mr. Gerber will also show how rising sea level and increasing storm intensity is likely to affect the Maine coast in the future.
Meet the Panelist:
Robert Gerber, P.E., of Sebago Technics, Inc., is a Maine native, having grown up on Peaks Island and in Freeport. After obtaining his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from MIT and M.S. in Civil from Stanford University, he came back to Maine to work with several utilities, then started his own consulting firm in 1976. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Geologist, and Licensed Site Evaluator in Maine. He has been a consultant since 1976, sold his original business in 1995, managed a consulting firm for Bernstein Shur for almost 10 years, and is now winding down his career with Sebago Technics.
Mr. Gerber has specialized in modeling environmental systems including slope stability, river hydrology (as former State Dam Inspector), wave modeling, and groundwater modeling. He is best known for his groundwater modeling work on numerous Maine landfills, hazardous waste sites, and 5 different nuclear power plants. Currently he is working for a number of municipalities in York and Cumberland Counties to provide an independent modeling of the 100-year wave generation and runup scenarios used by FEMA to determine the position of the new coastal flood zones there.