FEMA Flood Map Updates

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New Flood Maps for the City of North Port, Florida

The City of North Port Florida's previous 1981 and 1984 flood maps have been updated and are effective as of November 4, 2016.  Many of the flood zones on several properties are changing.  The updated flood maps more accurately depict the flood zones and associated risks.  Knowing your flood risk is the first step to reducing that risk.  


To view the updated FEMA flood maps on the City's Interactive Map Application, CLICK HERE.

  1. First time users will need to check the box to acknowledge the disclaimer. 
  2. Enter your address or parcel ID in the box in the top left corner to the screen.
  3. Use the zoom “+” tool to get close up of the property and the aerial showing the property will come into view automatically when zoomed in.
  4. Left click anywhere on the property to bring up the dialogue box corresponding to the parcel. There is a triangular arrow near the top right of the dialogue box that you can click to get the corresponding draft FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panel.
  5. The “Layers List” icon in the top right corner of the tool bar provides additional selectable layers of parcel information.
  6. The 100-year base flood elevation (BFE) for properties within the drainage sub-basins “green” boundary, can be found at the corresponding junction represented by the “yellow dot”.
  7. If you would like Public Works to provide the flood zone in writing to you, please complete the flood information request form by clicking here.  Sign and date the second page, scan the form and email it to PublicWorksCustService@cityofnorthport.com.  You can also mail/drop off the form at the Public Works facility.
  8. To print the map, click on the print icon, click "Advanced", select "map extent", then "Print."

To view the updated FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Study: CLICK HERE.


Schedule of FEMA flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) Update

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Resources for Understanding the Flood Map Updates

Following are some excellent resources that will help you understand how the coming revisions affect you and your property.

NFIP Grandfather Rules for Agent, a FEMA brochure describing criteria for "Grandfathering" into existing flood zone or existing base flood elevation.

FEMA Map Information Exchange (FMIX), a FEMA brochure, describes the FMIX center's support to the general public with inquiries pertaining to the flood hazard mapping and floodplain management activities of the NFIP.  Contact information is included in the brochure.

Why We Map Flood Risks, a FEMA brochure, is an excellent summary of both the NFIP and the role that flood maps play in the NFIP. The updating process for flood maps is summarized in easily understood terms. Of particular interest is a brief explanation of the procedures to follow for properties which may have been incorrectly included in a high-risk flood zone.

Big Slough Management Program Commission Workshop (large file -- may take some time to download to your computer) This slide presentation was given to the City Commission by the City's consultants on September 25, 2014, and covers:

• North Port’s watershed and hydraulic model used to revise the flood maps 
• The City’s historic flooding data used to validate the hydraulic model
• The Big Slough Study draft results which indicate many more parcels impacted by the flood zone than in the 1981 flood maps

For more information about the new draft flood maps, visit the following websites or call the phone numbers indicated below:

Sarasota County Webpage: “Flood Protection”

Visit www.FloodSmart.gov or call 1-800-427-4661 for questions on flood insurance or find an insurance agent who provides flood insurance.

Contact FEMA (877) 336-2627 for answers to general questions. 

Click here to view the City of North Port's “Flood Information” webpage for additional flood information

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