National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is a Federal program enabling property owners in participating communities to purchase insurance protection against losses from flooding. The City of Fredericksburg participates in the NFIP. This insurance is designed to provide an insurance alternative to disaster assistance to meet the escalating costs of repairing damage to buildings and their contents caused by floods. Participation in the NFIP is based on an agreement between local communities and the Federal Government that states if a community will adopt and enforce a floodplain management ordinance to reduce future flood risks to new construction in Special Flood Hazard Areas, the Federal Government will make flood insurance available within the community as a financial protection against flood losses.
2023 Flood Insurance Rate Map Changes
A multi-year project conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to re-examine the City of Fredericksburg’s flood zones and develop detailed digital flood hazard maps is complete (2023 Revalidated LOMC letter). The new maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), went into effect on April 5, 2023, and reflect current flood risk based on the latest data and a more accurate understanding of the area’s topography. Over 1000 properties in the City of Fredericksburg had changes in flood risk with the updated maps.
How do I view the flood maps?
The new maps can be viewed online through the FEMA Map Service Center. Specific property information can be obtained by typing in the property address and reviewing the associated FIRM.
Who Should I contact if I have questions?
Questions regarding your property’s flood zone designation, the new flood maps, or insurance should be directed to FEMA. Several contact options are listed below:
FEMA Mapping and Insurance eXchange (FMIX) Center
FEMA National Flood Insurance Program
500 C St SW
Washington, D.C. 20472
Phone: (877) 336-2627
Region 3 FEMA Office
Phone: (215) 931-5500
Virginia's Floodplain Management Program:
To address such problems, Virginia's General Assembly enacted the Virginia Flood Damage Reduction Act of 1989. This legislation was the result of several disastrous floods or coastal storms that hit the state between 1969 and 1985. To improve Virginia's flood protection programs and place related programs in one agency, responsibility for coordination of all state floodplain programs was transferred in 1987 from the Water Control Board to DCR. DCR was named manager of the state's floodplain program and designated coordinating agency of the National Flood Insurance Program under the act, §10.1-602 (PDF), and a governor's memorandum (PDF) released in July 1997.
Floodplain Management Program department staff works with localities to establish and enforce floodplain management zoning. Localities use the program's state model ordinances, in which minimum standards for local regulations are set, to write their own. Local governments can set more restrictive standards to ensure higher levels of protection for residents in flood hazard areas. Also, the state has used the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code to set construction standards for structures built in Federal Emergency Management Agency designated flood hazard areas.
Floodplain zoning regulates how development is allowed within floodplains. The program's main goal is to protect people and their property from unwise floodplain development. It also protects society from costs associated with developed floodplains.
The City's UDO addresses these standards in section 72-34.3, Floodplain Overlay District. These standards were updated and adopted by City Council on March 28, 2023.
For information or questions contact Brian Cooke.