FEMA Map Modernization Process
The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) has recently completed the latest of their decennial updates to the FEMA Floodplain Maps for Montgomery County, including those located in Upper Merion Township. The new floodplain maps were adopted by FEMA on March 2, 2016.
The township is required as a participant in the National Flood Insurance program to adopt regulations according to federal requirements and maintain resources accessible to the public in relation to these new maps.The updated ordinance, which mainly deals with new construction in floodplains and brings the township into compliance can be found here.
View the Maps
To view the maps for Upper Merion Township and to see how these maps affect your property, Click Here. Instructions on how to navigate the map can be found in the details tab in the upper left corner of the application.
To view the FIRM Maps directly issued by FEMA – Preliminary FEMA (PDF)
Questions regarding the maps can be directed to FEMA’s Map Information exchange directly at 1-877-336-2627.
Additionally, the maps and base flood elevation profiles can be viewed in the map room in the Public Works Department during normal business hours, Monday-Thursday 8:00am-5:45pm.
Letter of Map Amendment
Some property owners in the township have seen changes to their flood insurance rates or requirements as a result of these these mapping changes from FEMA. Due to the scope of FEMA’s remapping process it is sometimes the case that structures are placed in the determined floodplain by error: that the elevation of the property is in fact above the base flood elevation as determined by FEMA.
If you would like to dispute the placement of your property or home within a FEMA designated floodplain, you can submit an application for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA), which can be found on FEMA’s website by Clicking Here. For more information on the LOMA process, please contact FEMA directly at 1-877-336-2627.
Additionally, if you have any questions regarding the LOMA process and the information and resources that the township can provide please call Kyle Brown, Associate Planner at (610)265-2606.
FEMA Map Information
National Flood Insurance Information