Pennsylvania is taking flood maps into the digital age in hopes of helping businesses and residents to better prepare for the risk of flood damage.
A new Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website contains flood insurance rate maps established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"Having up-to-date, digital access to flood insurance rate maps is a critical tool for homeowners and businesses when preparing for flood-related emergencies," C. Alan Walker, DCED secretary, said in a press statement. "Residents and local businesses can use the maps to determine if they are located in a floodplain and community officials can access the information to effectively create floodplain-management strategies to ensure public safety."
Visitors to the website can use a risk-identification tool that allows them to type in an address and find out information about the property, including:
- Whether or not the property is in a floodplain.
- Specific building code regulations that pertain to the property.
- Whether there is a mandatory flood insurance requirement for the property.