Likely you’ve heard that FEMA is in the process of creating new flood maps for Monroe County. You probably also know that FIRM has created a Flood Map Task Force including FIRM Board members and staff from Monroe County’s and the municipalities’ floodplain management offices. FIRM has also contracted with Ransom Consulting Engineers to analyze FEMA’s data to ensure that the maps accurately reflect our risk.

But what you really want to know is “What flood zone am I in?” We don’t know that yet, but FIRM is launching an outreach program aimed at educating Monroe County residents ahead of the maps’ release.

We want to begin by sharing the following information from FEMA about the process. As with all bureaucratic entities, FEMA tends to use a lot of acronyms–LOMA, LOMR, LIMWA–an alphabet soup that seems designed to create confusion. These three Flood Hazard Mapping Fact Sheets attempt to clear up some of the confusion.

If the first page is as much as you can stand, then you will be ahead of the game. If you deep dive into the table on the second page, you will be able to wow your friends at happy hour with your understanding of the whole process.

And if you go down the rabbit hole and follow FEMA’s “helpful” links on the third page, we’ll see you again next fall!

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