FEMA Changes in Flood Insurance Program May Impact Broward Residents
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is making changes to the National Flood Insurance Program that may impact rates for flood insurance. Broward County urges local property owners to stay informed. More...
Proposed FEMA Flood Maps Online
Homeowners and businesses are encouraged to view FEMA’s preliminary flood maps online by using an interactive map tool. Find out if your home or business is in a flood zone.
SFWMD to Seek FEMA Accreditation of East Coast Protective Levee
As part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) project to modernize the nation’s flood zone maps, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is working to obtain FEMA accreditation of the Broward County portion of the East Coast Protective Levee (ECPL). More...
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is preparing the first comprehensive review of flood zones throughout Broward County in 14 years, using a new “vertical datum
,” that enables consistent comparisons of land and water elevations across the nation.
New flood maps are needed due to the dynamic nature of flood hazard conditions, the availability of updated elevation data, improved technology for identifying flood hazards and to account for developments that can affect flood zone boundaries. The new digital flood maps will help community officials and citizens be better prepared for flood-related disasters by providing an official depiction of flood hazards for unincorporated Broward County, Broward's 31 municipalities and properties located within them.
The updated flood maps, after adoption, will be used for:
- determining flood insurance purchase requirements
- determining flood insurance rates
- establishing minimum finished floor elevations for new construction and substantial improvements to existing structures
By adopting the new flood maps, Broward County is assured that FEMA will offer assistance during emergencies and provide flood insurance coverage for county residents.
As of January 30, 2011, all surveys and plans for Environmental Engineering and Licensing applications must utilize the new vertical datum.