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Q. What is the Indiana Floodplain Mapping Initiative?
A. The partnership will develop updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for 83 of the 92 counties in the state. FEMA will complete the remaining nine counties. The new digital floodplain mapping will be based on updated topographic and orthographic data, and in some cases, revised hydrologic and hydraulic analysis. Preliminary county maps will be posted on the DNR website (http://www.floodmaps.in.gov/) for review and comment before final maps are submitted to FEMA for adoption
Q. What is a Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?
A. A Base Flood Elevation (BFE) is the elevation the floodwaters will reach during the 1 percent annual chance flood.
Q. What is the 1 % Annual Chance Flood?
A. The 1 percent annual chance flood (also known as the 100-Year Frequency Flood or Base Flood) is the flood that has a 1 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year. Any flood zone that begins with the letter A is subject to the 1 percent annual chance flood.
Q. I have flood insurance and my house is in an A Zone according to the current flood map. The new flood map, however, will show my house as being in a low-risk flood zone (B, C, or X-zone). Will I have to continue to carry flood insurance when the new map takes effect?
A. If you have Federal or federally related financing for your home, you will no longer have a Federal requirement to purchase flood insurance when the new flood map takes effect. However, lenders still have the right to require flood insurance, even for buildings no longer in an A Zone. If you want to continue coverage after the new maps take effect, you may be eligible for much lower rates based on your home being outside the A Zone. You should have your policy re-rated using the new maps, which should lower your premium. Even if you are not required to purchase flood insurance, homeowners are encouraged to continue coverage at the lower rates in the event you are flooded by an event greater than the 1% annual chance flood.
Q. My house is not in an A Zone according to the current flood map, but the new map will show it as being an A Zone. Will I have to purchase flood insurance when the new map officially takes effect?
A. Yes, if you have Federal or federally related financing for your home and you do not already have flood insurance. Your lender will contact you once the new map takes effect and require you to purchase flood insurance. If you do not purchase the insurance within 45 days after being notified, the lender can purchase the insurance for you at a higher premium and charge you for the cost. If you dispute the determination that your home is located in an A Zone, you and your lender can jointly request a Letter of Determination Review from FEMA at a cost of $80. The review request must be submitted within 45 days of notification that your home is located in an A Zone. If you have insurance before the new maps take effect, the basis for rating that policy is unchanged.
Q. Will I be notified of a change in floodplain status for my property?
A. Once preliminary mapping is produced for a particular county, notification will be sent to affected property owners advising them of a flood zone status change and informing them of a scheduled open house where they may look at the new maps and get answers to various questions they may have.
Q. How does a preliminary map become effective?
A. After the open house, there is a 90-day appeal period to challenge the preliminary mapping. Updated maps become final six months after all disputes have been resolved.
Q. What if a person disagrees with the new flood zone for a piece of property?
A. There are two options:
A study that determines BFEs along a stream involves collection of historical and physical data, followed by analyses to determine flow rates and water-surface elevations. Various information is required to support an appeal, depending on the part of the study being challenged.
Q. How can I find out when new maps will become available for my community? How can I get more information?
A. Visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water's website at: http://www.floodmaps.in.gov/
Or contact us at:
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Division of Water
402 W. Washington Street, Room W264
Indianapolis, IN 46204
877-928-3755 (Toll Free)
Frequently Asked Questions: Answers regarding floodplain maps and flood insurance.
Preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps: View and download preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps issued by FEMA and IDNR. If you received a letter from IDNR regarding changes to the floodplain status of a property, click here to view maps.
General Guidelines for the Hydrologic-Hydraulic Assessment of Floodplains in Indiana: Technical guidance documents for developing floodplain modeling. Also includes external links to other modeling information.
Floodplain Management: More information regarding floodplain management with respect to both insurance and construction.
Indiana Floodplain Information Portal: Launch INFIP, an interactive floodplain mapping tool, which includes address searching and eFARA, the Division of Water’s on-line floodplain analysis submittal program. If you received a letter from IDNR regarding changes to the floodplain status of a property, click here to enter an address and view floodplain information.
Indiana Peak Discharge Determination System: Launch IPDDS, the Division of Water’s hydrologic computation system. Includes directions on how to submit information to the Division for approval (under construction).
Previous Assessments on File: View and download previous hydrologic and hydraulic models developed for Flood Insurance Studies, Construction in a Floodway applications, Floodplain Analysis / Regulatory Assessment (FARA), others.
ESC Contact Information: Contact information for the ESC section managers.