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Flood Maps / Floodplain Management
Overview
In August 2008, new flood hazard maps became effective for Hillsborough County (also known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps or FIRMs). The new maps were the result of a multi-year effort by the County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in cooperation with the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City and various community partners. These updated digital flood maps will allow property owners to make better financial decisions about protecting themselves and their property. The maps also will help community officials, engineers, builders and others to make important determinations about where and how new structures and developments should be built. As a result, Hillsborough County will be a safer place to live.

After reviewing the maps, if you feel the flood map boundaries are incorrect on your property, you can apply for a Letter of Map Amendment. A Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) is a federal document that identifies that there should be no flood insurance requirement placed on the mortgage holder's property because the primary structure and all attached areas (screen enclosures, garages, etc.) are out of the high-risk area. Elevation certificates or other documents may be used to demonstrate that the structure and the lowest adjacent grade are above the flood elevation or that the footprint of the structure is not within the horizontal boundary of the high-risk area. To learn more about the LOMA process, you can contact FEMA’s Map Assistance Center at 877-336-2627 or visit the FEMA website.

Eastern Delaney Creek Area Flood Map Update
Hillsborough County recently completed a study of the flood risks for the Eastern Delaney Creek area of Palm River/Clair-Mel. Updated preliminary flood hazard maps are now available for viewing. Final updated flood maps for the area are scheduled to become effective in September 2013.

More Information on the Eastern Delaney Creek Area Flood Map Update

Contact Us
For more information on the county’s flood maps, call the Hazard Mitigation Section at 813-272-5600 or submit an online comment.

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