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Flood Map Modernization
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), established by the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, has several purposes, the most significant being:

• To better indemnify individuals from losses through the availability of flood insurance;
• To reduce future flood damages through community floodplain management regulations; and
• To reduce costs for disaster assistance and flood control.

A critical component is the accurate and most up to date mapping of the floodplains.

Important changes are occurring in Pasco County.

On March 29, 2013, Preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) were provided to the County and municipalities by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for review.  These Preliminary DFIRMs are available for viewing and a Flood Map Viewer  has been developed to assist in locating property on the Preliminary DFIRMs.  A Summary of Map Actions is available on-line which provides the status of all Letters of Map Amendment is upon adoption of the revised maps.

On June 26, 2013 a Preliminary DFIRM Community Coordination Meeting with FEMA and the staff of the County and municipalities was conducted followed by many Community Outreach Open Houses.
 
On October 2, 2013, FEMA advised that the Comment and Appeal Period for the new DFIRMs would begin on October 16, 2013 and end on January 14, 2014.  During this period of time technical comments with supporting information can be submitted to clarify discrepancies on the maps.

Once any appeals and/or comments are addressed then FEMA will issue a Letter of Final Determination which will begin a 6-month compliance period during which time the maps and floodplain management ordinance must be adopted. 

It is anticipated that the revised maps will become effective in the Fall of 2014.

For more information on the Flood Map Modernization project or the Open House Events please select any of the links on the left.