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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for updating the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for every county in the State of Maryland. The process started eight years ago in 2011. Currently, Allegany County is one of three jurisdictions still waiting on new effective flood maps. The target effective date for the Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) is April 2020, delayed from April 2019.
FIRMs are transitioning from a paper product to a digital conversion making them compatible with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The improvements in spatial accuracy provided by the new base maps and the availabilities of electronic floodplain information will greatly enhance the ability to use the maps for planning, permitting, and insurance applications.
Once a DFIRM becomes effective, property owners may notice their flood risk has changed. A high-risk area may now be low-risk, or vice versa. Property owners may also find that flood insurance is now required for their property even though it was not before. To learn more, visit http://alleganygov.org, under Departments, Planning & Growth and Flood Maps. This will offer links to flood risk determination web maps, helpful flood insurance information and FAQ’s.
If you have additional questions about a property in Allegany County, please call Amy Stonebreaker in the Land Development Services Office at 301-777-5951, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8am to 4pm.