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Posted on: March 1, 2018

FEMA Updating Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Localities in Virginia, Including Orange County

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently undergoing a process to update and modernize the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for several localities in Virginia, including Orange County. These maps are used to determine the location and extent of the 100-year floodplain (the 1%-annual-chance flood event), and consequently, eligibility for property owners to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).


Hydrologic modeling capabilities have expanded significantly since the last FIRM update for Orange County in 2008. This has allowed FEMA to more thoroughly and accurately model the extent of the floodplain in Orange County, which has resulted in significant changes to the maps. To view the current draft map changes, FEMA has an online map available to the public at


FEMA is currently undergoing a preliminary review of the draft updates with the County and State, which will be followed by a community consultation meeting and a subsequent posting on the Federal Register. A 90-day appeal/protest period will occur while the updates are on the Federal Register, however, comments may be submitted at any time.

For more information, contact Charlie Baker, Floodplain Management, at (202) 600-1885 or at, or Lee Brancheau, Study Manager, at (215) 931-5729 or at