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Pennsylvania helps residents, businesses gauge flood risk
By Insure.com staff

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.
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