Virginia Beach Announces Review Period for FEMA Floodplain Maps

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Virginia Beach Public Works Engineering has announced a 90-day review period for comments and appeals for the FEMA’s preliminary flood maps. 


The maps, just released, identify proposed base flood elevations or flood depths.   These are Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), or floodways, defined by boundaries and zones. 


Flood maps can be viewed at:  Residents are encouraged to review the maps and submit their comments or appeals between Feb. 5 and May 5, 2014. 


An appeal is a formal objection to any proposed base flood elevations or flood depths.  Appeals must be based on technical data that show proposed maps to be scientifically incorrect. Anyone who makes an appeal must include the method, data and analysis used to support the claim.

A comment is an objection to a base map feature change, such as labels, incorrect roads, jurisdictional boundaries or any other non-appealable change.

Comments and appeals should be sent to FEMA through the local floodplain administrator, Rebecca Lear, Certified Floodplain Manager, at, or at (757) 385-1948.


Once all comments and appeals are resolved, FEMA will notify the City of the final effective date of the maps.


For questions or additional information, contact Rebecca Lear.


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