FEMA Flood Map Updates - 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued preliminary revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Cumberland County.  A flood map index can be viewed by clicking here.  This Index can be used to identify a specific area of Falmouth and to identify the applicable corresponding FIRM number.  Pdf versions of the preliminary FIRMs may be viewed below and physical copies of these maps may be viewed in the Code Office at Falmouth Town Hall.

Property owners may review this information to see if any changes are being proposed that would affect their property.  Some properties that are not shown to be in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) on the current effective FIRMs may now be shown in a SFHA on the preliminary FIRMs due to FEMA’s re-mapping effort.  Property owners who believe their properties have been incorrectly mapped by FEMA may file an appeal to FEMA.  Appeals must contain evidence showing that FEMA’s flood hazard data is scientifically or technically incorrect.  The formal appeal procedure is outlined in this document: Click here.  Appeals may be submitted to the Town of Falmouth Code Office and must be received prior to October 30, 2018 in order for FEMA to consider the appeal prior to making its preliminary maps effective.  Property owners may nevertheless submit appeal data at any time after October 30, 2018 and, if warranted, FEMA will revise the FIRM after the effective date of the new maps.

The Maine Floodplain Management Program has created a Flood Hazard Map tool on their website here http://maine.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=3c09351397764bd2aa9ba385d2e9efe7 that allows viewers to compare the current effective FIRMs with the proposed preliminary FIRMs.  A tutorial on how to use this mapping tool is available at this link: click here.

Questions regarding FEMA’s re-mapping effort may be submitted to Code Enforcement Officer Justin Brown at jbrown@falmouthme.org or by calling (207)699-5306.


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