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Guide Floodplain Management

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Flood Hazard Management Program (FHMP) is the State Coordinating Office for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Massachusetts Flood Hazard Management Program (FHMP)

FHMP program staff work with FEMA and officials from National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) participating communities to implement the NFIP in Massachusetts. The FHMP is a technical assistance program and has no regulatory authority.

Program staff is available to provide guidance to all interested parties. Topics include the NFIP, floodplain management, flood resistant construction, floodplain mapping, flood mitigation, flood insurance and flood risk awareness and education.

The National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program exists to transfer the cost of flood damages from the public to the private sector. It does so by providing federal flood insurance to property owners and by requiring communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations.

Helpful links to more information:

Purchasing NFIP flood insurance

FEMA policyholder letters

Information for state & local officials

Information for surveyors

NFIP insurance reform

Floodplain Management

In Massachusetts, floodplain management is addressed through a number of regulations and practices:

The Massachusetts Building Code

The Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act

The US Code of Federal Regulations

FEMA Requirements & Technical Guidance

Flood-resistant Construction

Every NFIP community has local codes, ordinances, and/or by-laws that describe and direct development in local floodplains. Because Massachusetts has a statewide mandatory building code, local MA communities typically hold additional, non-construction type regulations in their by-laws.  In addition to the provisions found in the building code and Wetlands Protection Act, other flood-resistant construction requirements may be found in:

Massachusetts Title V regulations

Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissioners Updated List of Local By-Laws

Local Floodplain District requirements (contact the appropriate municipal staff)

Floodplain Mapping

FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps provide the minimum standards for delineated floodplains. Flood-resistant construction must be used in at least the 1%-chance floodplain (formerly referred to as the 100-year floodplain.)  To examine the FEMA flood maps, go to: https://msc.fema.gov/portal

The Map Service Center has a hotline for specific questions: 1-877-336-2627.

Some Massachusetts communities have more restrictive floodplain requirements, so always check with the municipality for these details.  Local building department staff, conservation commission staff and planners can give you more information.

Flood Mitigation

Property owners can modify their structures to make them more resistant to flood damages.  In some cases, a mitigation grant may help pay for these changes.  In most cases, correct mitigation actions can lower annual flood insurance premiums. For more information:

Mitigation Measures for Floodprone Structures

Reducing Flood Risk to Residential Buildings that Cannot be Elevated

Building with Flood-Resistant Materials

How to Raise Electrical System Components

Installing Sewer Backflow Valves

Anchoring Fuel Tanks

Hazard Mitigation Grants

NFIP Flood Insurance

The National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. For more information:

Purchasing NFIP flood insurance

Information for Policyholders

Policy & Claim Statistics for Flood Insurance

The Community Rating System

If you have specific questions about your flood policy, speak to your insurance agent.  If the agent cannot answer your questions, you can contact:

Tom Young, CPCU, CFM, ANFI, ARM

National Flood Insurance Program - iService Team

Bureau and Statistical Agency, Manager - Region I  New England

TYoung@nfip-iservice.com

PO Box 16321, Hooksett, NH  03106

603-625-5125 Direct

Flood Risk Awareness & Education

The following links will give you more information overall regarding flood risk in your community.

NFIP Community Rating System

FEMA Flood Risk Survey

Contacts

Joy Duperault, CFM
Director, Flood Hazard Management Program
NFIP Coordinator & Dep. Hazard Mitigation Officer
Dept. of Conservation & Recreation
251 Causeway Street, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02114
617-626-1406
joy.duperault@state.ma.us

Eric Carlson
Asst. Director, Flood Hazard Management Program
Dept. of Conservation & Recreation
251 Causeway Street, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02114
617-626-1362
eric.carlson@massmail.state.ma.us

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