Floodplain Mapping (Videos 8-12)

illustration of river with trees

This video explains the terms most critical for understanding concepts of flood risk, and the limitations of the ability of flood studies and floodplain maps to express the real risks faced by property owners.

map of floodplain

This video provides a brief history of the flood mapping process, and an overview of the makeup and features of a floodplain map.

illustration overlay on map

This video explains the flood zones commonly found on the FIRMs of Iowa communities.

House built above base flood elevation

This video reviews the three most common procedures for requesting changes to FIRMs, and the documentation generally needed to request such changes.

map with key

This video introduces the many options available for accessing flood maps from both public and private sources, explains what FIRMettes are, and demonstrates how to create them from the FEMA website.

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