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FEMA makes federally guaranteed flood insurance available to property owners in communities that voluntarily adopt and enforce the National Flood Insurance Program’s floodplain management requirements. Nationwide, almost 20,000 communities have joined the Program. The City of Altamonte Springs has adopted many of the practices recommended by the NFIP and is rated as an 7 through the Community Rating System (CRS). As a result, Altamonte Springs homeowners are entitled to a discount on federal flood insurance. Listings of flood insurance providers can be found at www.FloodSmart.gov
No. Doing so is considered an illicit discharge and is prohibited by City Ordinance. Only rain should be flowing into the storm drain. Storm drains are built to move stormwater away from roads and structures. Debris blown into the street or intentionally placed in the storm drain can block flow and cause localized flooding. Please bag leaf litter and grass clippings, or better yet, use them in your yard for mulch. To report an illicit discharge to a storm drain, call (407) 571-8331.
FEMA provides the How to Read a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Tutorial on their website. This tutorial educates users on the use and application of FEMA FIRMs. Each component of the FIRM is explored. The tutorial includes a section that contains examples of getting specific information from FIRMs. If you experience problems navigating FEMA’s Map Service Center, please call our office at (407) 571-8331. City personnel are available to assist you with using the website or provide map information to you.