Tag: flood map

Flood zones are geographic areas that the FEMA has defined according to varying levels of flood risk. These zones are depicted on a community’s Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) or Flood Hazard Boundary Map. Each zone reflects the severity or type of flooding in the area.

Paying for Damages

Paying for Damages

Challenges to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have been increasing in intensity for years. If the NFIP is not reauthorized by elected federal officials by the September 30 deadline—something still undetermined as we go to press with this article—existing flood insurance policies will remain intact, but new ones cannot

Reader Profile: Elizabeth Wong

Reader Profile: Elizabeth Wong

North Port, FL, bills itself as a city where one can “achieve anything.” Ever since Elizabeth Wong came on board in 2006 as its stormwater manger, she has personified “achievement,” building upon 28 years of public and private sector experience. Wong secured $3.17 million in state funding to supplement the

The National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program

The images of post-flood damage are heartbreaking. In a matter of minutes, possessions that have taken a lifetime for many people to accumulate are swept away in a torrent of water beyond anyone’s control with the occupants of the property left temporarily homeless. Those who survive a flood are grateful

Georgia Takes FEMA Flood Mapping Project by Storm

When officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) envisioned the Map Modernization Program, put in place in 1999, they knew it would require strong support from state and local agencies to effectively upgrade the entire inventory of more than 100,000 flood panel maps. Because of the critical significance of

Banking On It

Banking On It

A greater emphasis on maintaining a more natural environment is underscoring a number of contemporary streambank repair and dredging operations. In some cases, the solution comes at a higher cost.    But agencies making the investment are considering a greater long-term return on the investment. For many years, Santee, CA, had

Community Rating System

It’s one thing for communities to create environmental policies, plans, and programs to meet state or federal mandates, but quite another to participate in a voluntary incentive program. But that is what many are doing through the Community Rating System (CRS), a 15-year-old program of the National Flood Insurance Program

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