New Flood Mappping Tools from FEMA

January 29, 2018

The Maine Floodplain Management Program provides the following information about pending (on Feb 3, 2018) improvements to the FEMA web mapping information and tools.

Note — the first two appear to be of relevance to local officials and property owners. The last one appears to be primarily of utility to consultants that property owners may hire.

For more information please contact Sue Baker (287-8063) or Janet Parker. (287-9981)

A number of important changes are coming to FEMA’s Map Service Center (MSC) and related services as the agency continues to improve how we provide information related to the delivery of flood maps. On February 3rd, FEMA will implement changes to the MSC Address Search tool and enhancements to the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) Viewer. The updates streamline access to the NFHL, and reorganize how some other tools are accessed.  These updates help reduce the complexity of FEMA for map users by reducing the steps necessary to get the information they need and providing an authoritative, consolidated view of flood risk.

FEMA has been working for many years to transition fully to the use of digital flood maps. The changes on February 3rd continue the progress on this transition. Specifically, the changes will direct most users to the NFHL as the primary source for viewing and printing flood hazards information, but users will still be able to access the legacy FIRMette tool.

FEMA has tested these enhancements with a number of internal and external stakeholders and the feedback was very positive. In addition, the input from these users has been incorporated into these latest updates.

Map Service Center Enhancements 

National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) Viewer

FEMA’s Flood Risk Studies Engineering Library (FRISEL)

Map Specialists at the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) are available to answer questions about FEMA's flood hazard maps, available subscription services, online tools, and general site navigation.  Call (toll-free): 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627), or email