FEMA Flood Map Info

In Janurary of 2012, the Town was informed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had updated its Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for the Norfolk County, including Westwood.  The Town has provided a comparison map based on the FIRMs so residents can compare the difference between the old and new maps.  To view the Town's comparison map, please click here

The adoption of the 2012 DFIRM as well as amendments to the Town's Zoning Bylaw (Section 9.2 Flood Area Overlay Distrcit (FAOD)) will be presented at this year's 2012 Annual Town Meeting as Article 33 on the Warrant.  Residents should be informed about what happens if the Town does not adopt the appropriate floodplain management regulations:

What happens if Town Meeting does not adopt the new DFIRM?

At an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 beginning at 7:30pm at the Thurston Middle School Cafeteria, many handouts were available to residents who were affected by the new or current flood plain.  Please click on the below links to download copies of these handouts:

If you have any questions about these new maps, please visit the FMIX wesbite or telephone at 877-FEMA MAP (877-336-2627) or by email at FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.  The FMIX is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 6:30pm Eastern Standrad Time (EST).

Basic Questions - some very basic questions about what a FIRM is

FEMA Regional I Points of Contact - contacts for FEMA Representative

Already have a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) in place from a previous year? - meaning you have previously applied for a LOMA but the new maps might not reflect that change

New Area Flood Zone - meaning you have never had a flood plain on your property and now you do according to the new 2012 DFIRM

No Longer in the Flood Zone - meaning you were previously in the flood zone and now you are not according to the new 2012 DFIRM

Same Area Flood Zone - meaning your property was previously in the flood zone and it remains in the flood zone, this could also mean you were previously in the flood zone and there has been a shift in the flood zone according to the new 2012 DFIRM


For additional information and resources, please visit the FEMA website