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Posted on: May 2, 2022

Know Your Flood Hazard

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Regulated floodplains are illustrated on inundation maps called Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). FIRMs are the official maps for a community on which FEMA has delineated the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs), which represent the areas subject to inundation by the 1-percent annual chance flood event. On average, structures located within the SFHA have a 26-percent chance of flooding during the life of a standard 30-year mortgage.

FEMA FIRMs are available for free public viewing online at  or interactively on Palmetto Bay’s online GIS database. They can also be viewed at . Also, upon request, the Village Division of Stormwater will make free flood zone determinations for properties located within the Village. Call 305-969-5011 for more information.

Properties located outside of the SFHA are not guaranteed to be safe from flooding.

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