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Florida Flood Information
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Aug 26, 2005, 11:18

I would like to obtain information on three items: (A) a map, or some related mode of information, showing the various land elevations (feet above sea level) of the State; (B) info regarding the way some of the better planned communities across the State have made uncommon preparation for water runoff and potential flooding during hurricanes and tropical storms; and (C) flood zones/hurricane zones where property insurance rates are treated differently than normal.

My goal is to find the best places in Florida to live to be as protected as possible from routine flooding during times of unusual downpours. Can you assist me at all with these three requests, or put me in touch with some agency (public or private) that can?
Thanks.

David R.
Ohio



David- I can help you with a lot of what you need, but not all of it.

Here’s a general Topographic map of Florida
Source: APL

To find out information on preparation by planned communities, you’ll have to contact the individual communities for information. This isn’t something that they publish.

Here is a list of some of the planned communities in Florida, you can contct them for the information you need:
Source: US Private Communities

An additional list of planned Florida Communities:
Source: Planned Communities.com

This publication tells you which communities in Florida participate in the National Flood Insurance program:
Source: FEMA

FEMA also has a report on: Coastal Flood Hazard Analysis & Mapping, Map Modernization Outreach Case Study
Source: FEMA

Here is information on where to find flood hazard mapping materials:
Source: FEMA

Here is FEMA’s dynamic flood map program, showing their Florida Flood Map:
Source: FEMA

What is a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)
Source: Anna Fairweather

A good article on flood damage:
Source: Blueprint for Safety

Flood Insurance
Source: Florida Disaster.org

I think that this will give you all the information that you need to make your decision.

Good luck with your relocation plans.
Cynthia Kirkeby
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