Federal Flood Insurance Program Redraws D.C. Map

January 8, 2008

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is redrawing flood zone maps for the District.

The proposed changes would add a flood zone that would include Federal Triangle, much of the Mall, and a large portion of Southwest Washington.

The plans were presented last week at a meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission. Property owners in the new flood zone could face stricter building codes and could be required to obtain flood insurance.

FEMA is revising the maps in cities that cannot prove local levees will work in a flood. The maps are redrawn as if the levees didn’t exist.


Information from: The Washington Post,

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