Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are issued by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to identify different levels of flood risks. Flood Insurance Rate Maps are primarily used to help determine flood insurance rates under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but they also used by the City of Seabrook to regulate development within those mapped Special Flood Hazard areas. The location of a property relative to certain flood zones indicates what restrictions or regulations may apply to a new and / or substantially improved structure.
Flood Insurance Rate Maps are available for viewing as a map layer on the City’s GIS map system, http://seabrooktx.maps.arcgis.com/home, at the Building Department located at 1700 First Street, or directly through FEMA's Map Service Center. The maps used by the City for compliance purposes (and those used by insurance agents) are the most recent (June 18, 2007); however, it is helpful for citizens to have access to all the maps to know what flood zone was in effect at the time of construction.
Flood Maps Have Changed