Flood zones are geographic areas that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has defined according to varying levels of flood risk. You can view the latest Flood Maps for Owensboro and Daviess County by going to www.FEMA.gov or calling 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627)
Flood insurance is available to homeowners, renters, condo owners/renters, and commercial owners/renters. Costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers and the property’s flood risk. Typically, there’s a 30-day waiting period from date of purchase before your policy goes into effect. The National Flood Insurance Program makes Federally backed flood insurance available to homeowners, renters, and business owners in communities across the Nation. Be sure to visit http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/index.jsp for additional information on residential home coverage.
The following information is from the website, http://water.ky.gov/floodplain/Pages/MapModernization.aspx
Flood Maps for your community should be available for review at your local community map repository site. Typically, this is your county courthouse, city hall, local planning, zoning or engineering office. you can also view maps online at www.FEMA.gov
Flood maps provide valuable information about flood hazards, including the following:
- Physical features, such as major highways, secondary roads, lakes, railroads, streams and other waterways.
- Floodplain areas (special flood hazard areas).
- Base (1 percent annual chance) flood elevations or depths.
- Flood insurance risk zones.
- Areas subject to inundation by the 0.2 percent annual chance flood.
- Areas designated as regulatory floodways.
Check with your local and state government officials for regulatory requirements when planning any development projects in floodplain areas. For more information about stream construction permits, visit the Kentucky Division of Water Floodplain Construction Web site.
Flood maps designate zones where flooding is likely to occur.
- Zone AE – areas that will be inundated by the 1-percent-annual-chance flood where base flood elevations (1-percent-annual-chance flood elevations) have been determined. These zones are generally found on major flooding sources and in areas with high development potential.
- Zone A – areas that will be inundated by the 1-percent-annual-chance flood where no base flood elevations (1-percent-annual-chance flood elevations) have been determined.
- Zone X (0.2-percent-annual-chance floodplain) – areas that will be inundated by the 0.2-percent-annual-chance (500-year) flood. These areas are only associated with Zone AE. While not a regulatory standard, large floods often occur and require the designation of the 0.2-percent-annual-chance floodplain.
- Zone X – areas outside the 1-percent- and 0.2-percent-annual-chance floodplain.
Note: Maps and information is subject to change. Please verify all information with your insurance agent.
This post was originally published on June 21st, 2013 by Angela Clark on the following blog: http://activerain.com/blogsview/3765752/flood-zones–flood-maps-and-flood-insurance-in-western-kentucky-