FEMA Preliminary Flood Maps (FIRMs)

We will post updates to this webpage as information becomes available.

TIMELINE UPDATE 09/02/16: From the Iowa DNR, the earliest the new preliminary maps will become effective is September 2017.  Therefore, the six month notice and City Council consideration of the new maps will occur about March 2017.  We will continue to update this information as needed.

Preliminary Flood Maps:
 Over the past few years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been refining, updating, and digitizing flood plain maps nationwide. Recently, FEMA has produced new preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the City of Urbandale based on the most recent data. In February 2016, FEMA will publish a Public Notice for these preliminary maps. This will begin a period in which communities and their citizens can review and appeal the preliminary maps before they become effective.

Informational Meeting:  To help the public understand the changes in the preliminary maps and the options available to you as a property owner, the City of Urbandale hosted a public meeting on February 18, 2016. The presentation is available here: http://www.urbandale.org/DocumentCenter/View/3121 (see above for latest timeline information).

Web Map: To assist you in understanding your flood risk, the City has developed a web map to view the new preliminary maps at https://maps.urbandale.org/fema/

LOMCs: If you currently have an effective Letters of Map Change (LOMC), such as a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), you may view these on the above web map. LOMCs listed as Not Incorporated have not been included in the mapping revisions, but will be revalidated free-of-charge one day after the revised FIRMs become effective. LOMCs listed as Superseded will no longer be in effect when the revised FIRMs become effective. If you have a LOMC that is not shown on our web map, please contact our office.

LOMA-OAS: For properties where the building structure is clearly outside the 100-year Flood Area, the property owner may request a “Letter of Map Amendment – Out as Shown” (LOMA-OAS). Directions for applying for a LOMA-OAS may be found at http://www.iafpm.com/LOMA-OAS.pdf. PLEASE NOTE: At this time, you may apply for a LOMA-OAS only if the current effective map touches your property. For the new preliminary maps, a LOMA-OAS request cannot be submitted more than 60-days before the effective date of the new maps (in early 2017).  You will need to submit a copy of the recorded plat with your application; follow this Guide to Download Plat from the County Recorders' websites.

Additional Resources:

• FEMA has a list of FAQs on their website at http://www.fema.gov/homeowners-frequently-asked-questions.

• The Iowa DNR has also provided information on the new maps at www.iowafloodmaps.org

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