FEMA Flood Insurance Map Updates
Posted: October 24, 2017
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of adopting new flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) for Morris County.
A FIRM is a document published by FEMA that graphically depicts flood zones. There are several different types of flood zones that impact Randolph Township. These FIRMs are used to assess the flooding risk for properties as well as determine the requirement and costs of flood insurance and the applicability of flood damage prevention regulations.
Flood insurance is mandatory for any property in a designated flood zone that is financed with a federally-backed mortgage. Flood insurance can be purchased for properties that are not within a flood zone at a relatively low cost. More information on the program is available on the Morris County Planning Board’s website.
The cost for flood insurance varies based on a number of factors including the flood zone, height of the structure relative to the depth of flooding, residential vs. commercial property, etc.
The process of remapping the township involved the review of the prior mapping which, for Randolph Township, was adopted in the late 1970s/early 1980s. The new FIRMs are based on updated flood plain modeling using newer storm data and topography. The new maps will be published in digital form and include aerial photography making them easier to read and identify properties.
Before the maps are adopted and become effective, there is a public information and comment process. There is no fixed time period for any of the specific steps except for the 90-day appeal period, which has not yet started. FEMA has advised that the time period for adoption is generally from 18-24 months. It should be noted that the timing of events is subject to a variety of influences, including the fact that virtually all FEMA staff have been mobilized to Texas and Florida for the current recovery efforts.
FEMA will be hosting the following open houses for residents to ask questions and get additional information as to how the maps may impact them.
- November 8, 2017
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Public Safety Training Academy Gymnasium
500 West Hanover Avenue, Morristown
- November 9, 2017
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
PAL/Community Center (next to Lincoln Park Library)
10 Boonton Turnpike, Lincoln Park