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Flood Protection Information

Report flooding due to Irma:
Savannah experienced some storm surge due to Hurricane Irma.  If you were a victim of the flooding or saw areas that flooded, please report your information by contacting the City's 311 Center by dialing 311 or click on Form Center to complete an on-line survey.  The information you provide helps the City Stormwater Department to better understand areas vulnerable to flooding. 

For latest Hurricane information from the City click on: Hurricane Information.
    
NEW: Flood Insurance Adjuster Briefing for Insurance Adjusters.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct an Adjuster Briefing in Savannah, GA on Monday, September 25, 2017 in response to Hurricane Irma. The Adjuster Briefing is designed for insurance adjusters who want to be certified to adjust flood insurance claims.

The briefing will address coverage, limitations, and exclusions under the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) forms, as well as prior losses, Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC), substantial damage, and any other issues that may be encountered in handling claims resulting from the recent flooding.

Location:   Savannah Civic Center - (Ballroom),
                   
301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.,
Savannah, GA 31401
Date:          Monday, September 25, 2017
Time:         3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost:          Free

View your FEMA NFIP Preliminary Food Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).2016 Preliminary FIRM 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) 
Region IV office has prepared a coastal flood study to update Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for communities in coastal Chatham County and City of Savannah. The flood hazards shown on the FIRM are used to determine flood insurance rates and requirements and where floodplain development regulations apply. The updated maps will help communities plan for and reduce the risk from flooding in the future. Start taking steps now to keep your communities and families safe from flood risk by understand the risk of flooding in your area so that you know how future floods may affect you and if specific flood insurance and building requirements apply to your property (or will apply in the future.) To view click on: Preliminary FIRMs, open the “2016 Prelim” folder and select your specific panel to find out your flood risk. If you do not know your panel number, check with your insurance agent, visit SAGIS.org, or contact Tom McDonald at 912-651-6530.  Additionally, visit FEMA’s website:  www.southeastcoastalmaps.com or FEMA MSC and Georgia’s DNR site: www.georgiadfirm.com for information about the coastal updates along with fact-sheets and presentations. 

FIRM Map Adoption: As of September 18, 2017 the Preliminary FIRMs have completed the final ninety day public review / appeal period.  To see advertised notice click here. Shortly after the public review/appeal period ends and FEMA has satisfied all the appeal comments, FEMA will provide the City of Savannah a community "Letter of Final Determination" that starts an 180 day adoption period for final adoption of the FIRMs. 

** New: Find My Flood Zone. Use this new web map to follow step by step instructions to discover the current flood zones and new proposed flood zones throughout Chatham County. (Click on the below icon).

Flood Zone Viewer

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Citizens are advised to report any structural flooding by using either the City's on line form or by contacting the City's Call Center by dialing 311 or after hours to 351-3434. 


Clean pipes and ditches allow strom water to flow.The City crew is use heavy equipment to prevent flooding by ensuring ditches are clear to convey the storm water.


NEW: $ How much does flood insurance cost? The Cost Fact Sheet displays actual flood insurance cost of a residential building that is in the different flood zones, elevations, and uses. For the exact cost of your structure, talk with your flood insurance agent, insurance advocate above, or visit FloodSmart.gov web page.  Link: Cost Fact Sheet.


To learn more about protecting your property and preparing for a flood, download these documents and visit the helpful resources listed below:

Community outreach covering such topics as ways to reduce our impacts on water resources, flood insurance, flood protection, Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and contact information for Chatham County and City of Savannah services resources     Flood insurance, questions to ask before purchasing property List of funding web sites and contacts     
Let's Talk Flood:
    Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) and LiMWA
  • Link to FEMA's general information: HFIAA
  • Links to different HFIAA Fact Sheets: 1. Overview   2. HFIAA Surcharges  3. Legislative Changes 
  • Link to what is covered and NOT covered by Flood Insurance: FEMA Fact Sheet
  • New term associated with the Primary FIRMS: Limit of Moderate Wave Action (LiMWA): is the inland limit of the area expected to receive 1.5 to 2.99 feet breaking waves during the 1-percent annual chance flood event.  Typically, the flood insurance rates for the LiMWA area follow the A zone insurance rates but could require higher building construction requirements.  Contact Tom McDonald, (912) 651-6530 for more information. Links to FEMA Fact Sheets for LiMWA and Area of Moderate Wave Action (MoWA).

  Have more questions or concerns about Flood Insurance and HFIAA?
           
Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan and Annual Update:

City of Savannah's IMG_5241.JPGFlood Hazard Mitigation Plan is part of an annual process being undertaken by the City that reduces flood insurance premiums by 25% for Savannah homeowners, and aids the City’s ongoing floodplain and storm water management efforts.  Other flood protect plans include the Repetitive Loss Area Analysis and Natural Floodplain Protection Plan.  For more information click on the below link for more details on the Plans and annual update reports. 
Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan to help Reduce Our Natural Hazard Risks

           
                                       
Elevation Certificates (EC) On line, Flood Determination Letters, Flood Insurance Studies (FIS),Letter of Map Changes (LOMC), FEMA Forms, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, and Datum:
       
Elevation Certificates and Community Flood Determination Letters:      
  • City of Savannah: Ensure your property is within the City limits and not in one of the eight surrounding jurisdictions.  Properties that have a tax Property Identifying Number (PIN) beginning with the number two:  2-XXXX-XX-XXX. To view Elevation Certificates in the City limits click on: Search for Elevation Certificates the City of Savannah has on file listed by street names. 
    For a Flood Determination request contact 912-651-6530 or email link: Email.  Please provide address and PIN #.                                        
  • Areas in the Unincorporated Chatham County and Surrounding Communities: For an address that has a PIN beginning with the number one: click on the link and scroll to the bottom of UCC web page for EC and Flood Determination request: To view Chatham County's Database. Contacts to surrounding jurisdictions click: Here. 
  • Need a local surveyor? For local Surveyors click: Surveyors.  The City provides surveyors information as part of the CRS program.  For additional surveyors check the yellow pages or internet.

Flood Insurance Study (FIS) | Letter Of Map Changes (LOMC) | Revalidation Letter
Click here for access page to the Flood Insurance Study (FIS), LOMC and FEMA Revalidation Letter

Forms: Blank Elevation Certificate and Other Needed Design Certificates
Click Here for access page to Elev. Cert, V Zone Design, Dry Floodproofing forms and Non Conversion Letter.

           
Addition Information FIRM datum change
Datum Change, Difference between NGVD 1929 and NAVD 1988

More Flood Safety Tips:
When the City is experiencing heavy rains and localized flooding, we recommend that you take the following precautions:

  • Do not drive through standing water; it may be deeper than it looks.
  • Drive slowly through ponding water, so waves do not cause damage to other vehicles or nearby homes.
  • Do not remove manhole covers to release flood waters; this backs up the sewer system.
  • If flooding occurs, the City will barricade affected streets and will monitor and strictly enforce all street closures.
  • Please remember, when traffic lights are out in an intersection, it becomes a 4-way stop, and you must yield to the person on your right before proceeding.
  • To learn more information see: Flooding - In General. 

Citizens are advised to report any structural flooding by using either the City's on line form or by contacting the City's Call Center by dialing 311 or after hours to 351-3434.   

During heavy rain, the City recommends that the following streets be avoided:
  • Fairmont-Hanover-Hodgson Street Closed when Flooded and H signs detail_thumb.jpg   
  • West Victory at Ogeechee 
  • Goebel Ave. at President       
  • East Gwinnett at Skidaway   
  • West Gwinnett at Stiles (City Lot)
  • Whitaker at West 33rd 
  • Abercorn from DeRenne to Victory
  • Habersham from DeRenne to Victory
  • Paulsen from DeRenne to Victory
  • Reynolds from DeRenne to Victory
  • Harmon from DeRenne to Victory
  • Bay Street, East of Fell/Brittany
  • Fell/Baker/Jenks from Bay St. to Augusta Ave.
  • Henry from Cedar St. to Waters Ave.
  • Atlantic at Maupas Ave.
  • President St. from Gen. McIntosh to Pennsylvania Ave.

Alternate routes during heavy rains:
  • From Downtown to Midtown: MLK Jr. Blvd., 37th St., Bull & White Bluff, DeRenne Ave., Abercorn Extension
  • From Downtown to Westside: I-516/Lynes Parkway
  • From Downtown to Southside: MLK Jr. Blvd, I-16, I-516/Lynes Pkwy, Southwest Bypass/Veterans Pkwy, GA 204/Abercorn Extension.
  • From Downtown to Islands: Bay St., East Broad, Wheaton, Ash St., Anderson St., Truman Parkway, Victory Dr., US 80 East.

CEMA Hurricane Evacuation, Shelter & Transportation Brochure
Flood Warning System:

In Chatham County, CEMA manages the flood warning system. Once CEMA receives a potential dangerous warning, sirens are activated. The sirens can give as little as fifteen minutes warning time. When you hear the sirens, information can be heard on the television or on the radio at WSVH (91.1) for what to do. Information can be heard on the NOAA weather radio broadcast at frequency 162.40. Local evacuation routes can be found in the phone book. To learn more visit CEMA's web page: Outdoor Warning Sirens Explained, but come back to learn more about Flood Protection.  

River gauge data can be viewed by clicking on the folloRiver Gage Pricture from USGS Library cut.jpgwing four web links:

See additional gauges by visiting the USGA or the National Weather Service web sites  For more information, contact CEMA at 201-4500 or visit the website at chathamemergency.org.

If you need more information please see the Frequently Asked Questions section.  Scroll down to Flood Protection Information header
 Use this new web map to follow step by step instructions to discover the current flood zones and new proposed flood zones throughout Chatham County. 

Flood Zone Viewer

 Use this new web map to follow step by step instructions to discover the current flood zones and new proposed flood zones throughout Chatham County. 

Flood Zone Viewer

 Use this new web map to follow step by step instructions to discover the current flood zones and new proposed flood zones throughout Chatham County. 

Flood Zone Viewer