FEMA Flood Information
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a Federal program enabling property owners in participating communities to purchase insurance protection against losses from flooding. Participation in the NFIP is based on an agreement between local communities and the Federal Government that states, if a community will adopt and enforce a floodplain management ordinance to reduce future flood risks to new construction in Special Flood Hazard Areas, the Federal Government will make flood insurance available within the community as a financial protection against flood losses. Below are several links to helpful websites that are full of information about FEMA's programs and the National Flood Insurance Program.
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency (link is www.fema.gov/)
NFIP - National Flood Insurance Program (link is www.fema.gov/business/nfip/)
NFIP - Flood Smart (link is www.floodsmart.gov)
FEMA -Map Service Center (link is www.msc.fema.gov/)
The City of Roswell came into the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on January 19, 1982 with the publishing of the City's first Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and the corresponding Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). Copies of these documents and all revisions to them are available for viewing in the City Engineering Department located on the second floor at 415 N. Richardson Avenue.
The link below is to the City's Drainage & Flood Control Ordinance.
FEMA recently approved a new updated Elevation Certificate with an expiration date of July 31, 2015. There is a "Phase -in" period for use of the revised Elevation Certificate, until August 1, 2013 - the current form or the revised form will be accepted. Elevations certified after that date must be on the revised form with the expiration date of July 31, 2015. The download link below is in PDF format. It is a PDF form that can be completed and printed on a computer.
Link to "Elevation Certificate 2012-2015"
FEMA is going Digital, the link below is a document from FEMA explaining the move to digital maps:
FEMA has created the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL), this digital data is quite useful. The link below will open the instructions on how to use the NFHL in Google Earth. You can go to the Map Service Center's web page at https://mcs.fema.gov to check for an updated version.
The 5 files below are the letters to the City of Roswell and to Chaves County concerning the Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) that the City of Roswell and Chaves County submitted in 2004, to correct the mapping errors to the flood plains that Hondo River would produce in the 1% rain event. The sixth file is the March 23, 2012 LOMR Panel 1370D, which shows dramatic changes to the flood plains from the Hondo River.
The 6 files below are the currently effective September 25, 2009 FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.