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Flood Hazard Mapping:


Accessing FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)

Introduction

 

Flood Insurance Rate Maps are published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Since Clallam County participates in the federal Flood Insurance Program, permits issued by Clallam County must address activities conducted within the flood zones shown. The map images accessed from this page represent the legal delineation of flood hazard zones, as used in the Flood Insurance Progam.

Why the Change to web maps?

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Due to accuracy issues, the "100 year Flood" layer has been removed from the web maps.

Instead, map users are being encouraged to consult the actual Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM), whose images are linked from this page, and from the web maps. Only the FIRM maps are legally valid.

A more technical explanation is included at the bottom of this page.


Flood Map Index

This page has a clickable index map which identifies all the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels in Clallam County. Clicking on any of the panels will open a PDF of that panel. (Note that this is a simple image map, with no zooming in or out, no layers to turn on or off.)

Using the Web Maps to access FIRM maps PDF Files

The Flood Map Index layer is present on both the Parcel Express and the Critical Areas and Parcel Web Maps

To use either of these maps to access FIRM map panels for a specific spot on the map,

  • Zoom in closer than 1:200,000 (your area of interest)
  • go to the layer list in the bottom right corner of the map viewer.
    Flood Layers
  • The Flood Map Index layer will be at the top of the list
  • check the square box (to make the layer visible) and
  • select the round button (to make the layer active).
  • Click the "Refresh" button at the top or the Layer list.
    Hyperlink tool
  • Select the "lightning bolt" (hyperlink) tool from tool pallet in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • Click on your area of interest
  • A PDF image of the appropriate FIRM map will open.

FIRM Map List
To open a FIRM map PDF, click the link to the right of the panel name

5300210075D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210075D.pdf
5300210100C http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210100C.pdf
5300210225C http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210225C.pdf
5300210230B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210230B.pdf
5300210235D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210235D.pdf
5300210240B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210240B.pdf
5300210245B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210245B.pdf
5300210275C http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210275C.pdf
5300210290C http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210290C.pdf
5300210295D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210295D.pdf
5300210315D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210315E.pdf
5300210320D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210320E.pdf
5300210350C http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210350C.pdf
5300210365D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210365D.pdf
5300210400C http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210400C.pdf
5300210405B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210405B.pdf
5300210410B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210410B.pdf
5300210415B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210415B.pdf
5300210420C http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210420C.pdf
5300210430B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210430B.pdf
5300210440B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210440B.pdf
5300210445B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210445B.pdf
5300210455B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210455B.pdf
5300210460B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210460B.pdf
5300210465B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210465B.pdf
5300210470D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210470B.pdf
5300210480C http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210480C.pdf
5300210485D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210485E.pdf
5300210490B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210490B.pdf
5300210505D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210505D.pdf
5300210510D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210510D.pdf
5300210515B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210515B.pdf
5300210520B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210520B.pdf
5300210530D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210530D.pdf
5300210535D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210535D.pdf
5300210540D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210540D.pdf
5300210545D http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210545D.pdf
5300210575C http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210575C.pdf
5300210580C http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210580C.pdf
5300210585C http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210585C.pdf
5300210590B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210590B.pdf
5300210595B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210595B.pdf
5300210625B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210625B.pdf
5300210650B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210650B.pdf
5300210675B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210675B.pdf
5300210725B http://www.clallam.net/Maps/pdf/5300210725B.pdf

Previously, the web maps included a "100 year Flood" layer, produced by FEMA, depicting a digitized version of the 100 year (1%) Flood Zones from the FIRM maps. Because the base map on which this data was mapped is distorted relative to current geographic information, the flood zones depicted often landed well outside the actual intended location. Despite disclaimers about map accuracy issues, it was decided that this inaccuracy had the potential to mislead map viewers about the applicability of flood zone regulations to specific parcels. Since the legal definition of these zones is based on the published maps, any definitive inquiry about FEMA designated flood zones must consult the actual FIRM maps, whose images are accessible from this page, and from the web maps.

The FIRM maps are in the later stages of being replaced with new digital data. Once the updated version of this data is released, we will evaluate the appropriateness of overlaying it with Clallam County data.

 


Contact Community Development with any questions concerning flood maps .