County Flood Maps Are Changing - Attend a Public Flood Risk Open House
All Broward County residents and business owners are invited to attend an upcoming Public Flood Risk Open House in early February to learn about their flood risk, view Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) newly updated preliminary flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) and find out how the information may impact their property.
At the Flood Risk Open Houses, a variety of specialists will be available to answer questions about flood insurance, engineering, and more. All Broward County residents (home and business owners, renters, realtors, mortgage lenders, surveyors, and insurance agents) are encouraged to attend one of three open houses:
Monday, February 3rd, 4PM - 7PM
Charles F. Dodge City Center Mezzanine
601 City Center Way
Pembroke Pines 33025
Thursday, February 6th, 9AM - 12PM
Emma Lou Olsen Center Auditorium
1801 NE 6th Street
Pompano Beach 33060
Thursday, February 6th, 4PM - 7PM
Anne Kolb Nature Center Mangrove Hall
751 Sheridan Street
No appointments are necessary but if you're going be sure to bring elevation certificates for your property if possible.
The new preliminary FIRM was developed through a partnership between Broward County, local municipalities, and the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The FIRM is based on updated modeling and data and shows more precise flood hazard information than older maps. The new maps aim to help protect property owners and communities from the risks associated with flooding. Over time, flood risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, floodplains widening or shifting, and other factors. FIRMs are updated periodically to reflect these changes.
The tables below summarize the changes to the flood maps by municipality. There were NO changes to Weston flood maps. Those in a flood zone remained in a flood zone. Those not in a flood zone are still not in a flood zone.
In addition, a website has been created to allow residents to look up their existing and proposed flood zone as depicted on the December 31, 2019 Preliminary FIRMs at the following link: https://www.broward.org/Environment/FloodZoneMaps/Pages/ProposedNewFloodMaps.aspx.
On December 31, 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released updated preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs or flood maps) that are expected to replace substantial portions of the current circa 2014 flood maps. Once adopted, these preliminary flood maps will dictate flood insurance purchase requirements and associated flood insurance rates for affected property owners.
These changes to the flood maps are the result of a comprehensive coastal flooding study performed by FEMA between 2014 and 2019. Initially, FEMA indicated to County and municipal staff that the anticipated impacts of the coastal study were primarily to areas east of I-95. However, the preliminary results indicate that the effects of coastal tidal flooding extend west of I-95 (mostly, but not exclusively, in the southern portions of the county). Please note that your municipality’s Floodplain Manager has been engaged by FEMA during this process.
By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on buildings that are in areas at high risk of flooding. Standard homeowners’, business owners’, and renters’ insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage, so flood insurance is an important consideration for everyone. Flood insurance policies can be purchased from any State-licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Visit www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531 for more information about flood insurance and to locate a local agent.