Do you know your flood risk? You should if you live in Sussex County, Delaware, where more than one-fifth of all properties are within identified flood plains.
Federally-mandated flood maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), are being updated for Sussex County, and the public is encouraged to learn how the changes could affect their properties and their insurance rates before the maps are finalized in mid-2014.
In recent months, Sussex County government, as the local jurisduction, has joined state and federal officials in an effort to inform the public about the forthcoming changes, as well as educate property owners on how those changes could affect them. The County hosted a meeting in December 2013 for citizens to meet with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to discuss their flood risk.
This site is provided so property owners and residents can view the proposed maps, understand the update process, and learn more about flood insurance.
The following links are helpful resources:
- http://maps.riskmap3.com/DE/Sussex/ (direct link to proposed FIRM maps for Sussex County)
- https://www.rampp-team.com/de.htm (direct link to preliminary Federal Emergency Management Agency mapping information for Delaware)
- http://maps.dnrec.delaware.gov/navmap/ (direct link to Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control online mapping portal)
- www.msc.fema.gov (direct link to FEMA Map Service Center)
- www.r3coastal.com (general overview of flood study, maps for FEMA Region III)
- www.floodsmart.gov (general site for flooding/insurance information)
- www.fema.gov (main site for FEMA)
- Coastal Flood Risk Community Open House pamphlet
For more information, contact the Sussex County Environmental and Flood Plain Manager, Mr. Jeff Shockley, at (302) 855-7884 or by email.