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Defining Flood Risks
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Flooding can happen anywhere, but certain areas are especially prone to serious flooding. To help communities understand their flood risk, flood maps (Flood Insurance Rate Maps, FIRMs) are created by FEMA to show the locations of high-risk, moderate-to-low risk and undetermined-risk areas. The FIRM provides information that allows the map user to:
  • Identify Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) subject to flooding,
  • Identify the location of a specific property,
  • Estimate the base flood elevation at a specific site,
  • Determine the flood insurance zone at a specific site, and
  • Determine the location of the regulatory floodway.
The Community Development Department will assist the public, development professionals, realtors and insurance agents in determining if a property is in a SFHA, which flood zones it is in, base flood elevations, if it is located in a floodway, if a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or Letter of Map Change based on fill (LOMR-F) was issued, any local drainage problems, historical flood information and if there are areas that should be protected because of their natural floodplain functions.

A letter from the City, certifying the flood zone assigned to a particular piece of property, is available upon request. Also available upon request is a copy of an elevation certificate for structures built within a SFHA after 1991. Residents are also helped with reading and understanding the FIRMs. Information regarding the mandatory flood insurance purchase requirement is provided.

If you live in the City of Port Orange and have a flooding problem, please call Engineering at (386) 506-5607 or Public Works at (386) 506-5575. Upon request, site visits are made to review the drainage and flooding problems and one-on-one advice is provided to the property owner.

The City of Port Orange also participates in a voluntary program for NFIP-participating communities, which is called the Community Rating System (CRS) program. This program provides incentives for communities to go beyond the minimum floodplain management requirements to develop extra measures to provide protection from flooding. The incentives are in the form of premium discounts of up to 45%. FEMA, through the CRS, recognizes City of Port Orange as a 'Class 7' community. With this designation, all residents who are located within a special flood hazard area within the City of Port Orange that currently carry FEMA flood insurance qualify to receive 15% discount on their annual FEMA flood insurance policy premium.

Floodplain Management Plan
The 2013 Volusia County Floodplain Management Plan was developed by the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council for Volusia County and the jurisdictions within. The plan is designed to encompass a snapshot of floodplain hazards throughout the county and also provide separate jurisdictional plans developed as the appendices of the main plan. This design promotes a unified approach to mitigation and planning efforts and consistency across the county. This plan is integrated with the Volusia County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS).

Floodplain Management Plan Progress Report 2014
This report is prepared for submittal for continued credit under the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System (CRS). It is designed to provide a short update and report on accomplishments toward implementing the community's Floodplain Management plan. It is submitted to the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of its annual CRS recertification.

Volusia County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Mitigation Strategy
The City of Port Orange has adopted the Volusia County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS). The LMS is a document that was prepared by Volusia County that establishes a community vision and guiding principles for reducing environmental hazard risks and vulnerabilities. The overall goal of the LMS is to reduce potential damage and destruction of both public and private property, and to reduce the disruption of the local economy and overall quality of life of individuals who live, work, and vacation in the community.

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