You may be wondering why changes to the flood zone map are necessary. Having an accurate representation of the areas that can be affected by flooding is necessary for the safety of lives and property. Beyond homeowners, flood maps with accurate information are important for community officials, mortgage lenders, insurance professionals, developers, and business owners. Compared to tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and more, flooding may seem like a relatively less catastrophic event. In fact, a report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists stated that the most overlooked health risk of floods is drowning while attempting to drive through water.
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Flooding is one of the most common and costly disasters during storms. Pinellas County is the latest area to have adjustments made to its flood map to better reflect the risk that some homeowners may face. The Federal Emergency Management Agency updated flood maps that will serve as visual representations for areas at risk. They will also help determine adjusted insurance rates and standards for new construction.
These new maps will have an impact on owners of properties susceptible to flooding from the Gulf, Tampa Bay and inland areas near waterways connected to either one. Before the maps go public, they face multiple phases of review. The next phase for Pinellas County is a public appeal period of 90 days for any amendments to be made.
Flood map updates are occurring throughout Florida, with residents in Hillsborough County getting a first look at adjustments last month. For more information on flood map adjustments visit pinellascounty. View the discussion thread. Residents and businesses may see changes to their flood insurance rates as Hillsborough County coastal flood maps are updated for the first time in 30 years. Tampa Bay was named in a recent federal climate report as one of the top cities in Florida that is vulnerable to rising seas - along with low-lying Miami and Apalachicola.
Two U. Share Tweet Email. Pinellas County Government. Foster stated that a common misconception is that people think they do not live in a flood zone. Pinellas County. Coastal flood map. Flood Zone. Hillsborough County.
Flood Zone Maps
Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at tampabay. Please consider subscribing or donating. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is getting closer to finalizing a new coastal flood map for Pinellas County, the first update since Introduced to residents late last year, the new map is meant to better reflect the risk that some areas of the county face from flooding during storms. Once approved, the new maps will help determine flood insurance rates and standards for new construction in areas considered risk- prone from storm surge or during heavy rains.
Interactive: Pinellas County flood maps are changing. Here’s what’s different.
Anywhere it rains, it can flood. Everyone in Pinellas County is in a flood zone. Flood zones can be low, moderate, or high risk. Flood zones, evacuation zones, and storm surge are different. They measure different conditions that may not occur at the same time, are determined by different methods, and have different purposes.