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This article is the first in our blog series on HEC-RAS modeling. Be sure to check back for subsequent series articles.

Background

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulates development within the 100-year floodplain by administrating the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Communities that participate in the NFIP must prevent excessive development within the floodplain that could cause increases in potential flood damage. FEMA also does not allow development to occur within the floodway, which has a maximum allowable surcharge of...

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FEMA announced that a fillable version of the 2015 Elevation Certificate (FEMA Form 086-0-33) is now available on its website at ...

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Update: FEMA announced that a fillable version of the 2015 Elevation Certificate (FEMA Form 086-0-33) is now available on the FEMA website at ...

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FEMAFEMA has recently updated the fee schedule for processing map change requests effective February 20, 2015. All Letters of Map Change (LOMCs) requests submitted after the effective date are subject to the new fee schedule. Certain exceptions apply, and more information, including the new fee schedule, can be found on the FEMA website: http://www.fema.gov/forms-documents-and-software/flood-map-related-...

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has posted updated MT-1 and MT-2 Forms and Instructions to their website, effective October 31, 2014. These forms are used to submit Letters of Map Change (LOMC) to FEMA via mail. Expiring on September 31, 2017, MT-1 Forms should be used to request that FEMA remove structures or parcels of land from a designated Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). MT-2 forms are used by community officials or individuals via community officials to request that FEMA revise the effective National Flood Insurance Program map and Flood Insurance Study report for a...

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http://www.fema.gov/cooperating-technical-partners-program/guidelines-specifications-flood-hazard-mapping-partners

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently developed a set of 450 standards for the National Flood Insurance program (NFIP) which will serve as a replacement for all the standards listed in the current document, Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners.

Although a majority of...

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Freese and Nichols continues to follow the Congressional budget situation and its impact on the annual Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation grant programs. As we reported in October 2012 and March 2013, FEMA has delayed the release of its annual Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs, including Pre-Disaster Mitigation, Flood Mitigation Assistance, Repetitive Flood Claims, and Severe Repetitive Loss, for FY2013.

FEMA has indicated that they plan to merge and rename several grant programs. They also have indicated that they will adjust the local match and program...

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The FEMA Risk Map Outreach Team recently released the following statement regarding new capabilities to their Online Letter of Map Change:

We are pleased to announce that FEMA has successfully launched new capabilities to the Online Letter of Map Change (LOMC)! Requestors may now submit both Amendment and Revision applications through Online LOMC. This convenient web tool is now an alternative to the paper MT-EZ, MT-1, and MT-2 forms.

There are many benefits to applying for a LOMC online:

  • Submit, pay, and upload supporting documentation for
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