The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated their Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) to identify areas that are at risk of flooding. These maps are tied to the City’s Building Code, which establishes safe construction standards for building in the floodplain. Property owners can use these maps to determine their flood insurance requirements. They can also determine if their structure is in the floodplain and look up the specific preliminary base flood elevation and flood zone by address.
FEMA will have a Technical Appeals Period for the FIRMs. This will begin on March 31, 2015 and will last for 90 days. An appeal must be based on scientific and technical issues with FEMA methodology and mapping. An appeal can object to the new or modified Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), floodplain boundaries or flood zone designations on the updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Because there is additional data required to submit an appeal, appeals can be submitted online or by mail to:
Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
c/o Flood Map Appeals
253 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10007