A public forum to discuss flood insurance, coastal map changes and financial steps needed will be held Aug. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Fairfield Ludlowe High School cafeteria, 785 Unquowa Road.

Residents, business owners or local organizations can stop in at any point during the session and meet with representatives of the federal Emergency Management Agency and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The state's coastal flood insurance map was updated as of July 8, and can be viewed at the Planning and Zoning Department in Sullivan-Independence Hall. A copy can also be requested by calling 203-256-3050.

There have been extensive changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, which includes the gradual elimination of subsidized rates for older homes built before the latest flood map.

"I encourage residents to attend this meeting to view the new maps and understand the changes that are taking place to flood insurance rates," First Selectman Michael Tetreau said.

Additional meetings, which any resident can attend, will be held Thursday at DEEP marine headquarters, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, and Aug. 27 at the Branford Fire Department, 45 North Main St. Both sessions are 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information or questions, contact Diane S. Ifkovic, of the DEEP at 860-424-3537 or diane.ifkovic@ct.gov.