FEMA has just completed a multi-year project to re-examine flood zones and develop detailed, digital flood hazard maps for Cumberland County. FEMA is now releasing the new maps for public view. The maps, known as digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), are considered Preliminary FIRMs and are available to view through FEMA’S MAP SERVICE CENTER WEBSITE. You can also view the floodplain boundaries on the Cumberland County Planning Department’s WEBSITE. What this means for residents is that some properties currently identified in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) will be removed, while other properties currently in a lower risk zone such as “X” will now be in a SFHA. The Township will be sending out letters to the affected property owners in the coming weeks.
FEMA will host a public open house event and a public comment period late 2019/early 2020. Further information regarding these events will be posted on our FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT page as it becomes available. To learn more about the Preliminary FIRMs, upcoming events, and additional information regarding the floodplain map updates, go to our FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT page.