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Study Overview

In Fiscal Year 2010, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) initiated a coastal flood risk study for the Northeast Florida Study Area covering Clay, Duval, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia Counties.

As a result of the coastal flood risk study, FEMA has determined that Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia Counties, located on the Atlantic coast, are affected by coastal flooding. FEMA has determined that Clay, Lake, Marion, and Putnam Counties, which are not located on the Atlantic coast, will not be affected by coastal flooding moving up inland waterways. 

The preliminary results of the coastal flood risk study have been incorporated into updated digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia Counties. (Please see the Project Fact Sheet in the "Project Documents" section below for additional information.)  FEMA has made the Preliminary FIRMs and FIS reports accessible through the Preliminary FEMA Map Products page on the FEMA Flood Map Service Center website, where they are available for viewing or download.

The Project Team for the coastal flood risk study for the Northeast Florida Study Area will continue to work closely with the Project Team for the coastal flood risk study for southeastern Georgia because the coastal engineering analyses cover eight coastal counties in Georgia as well as the five coastal counties in the Northeast Florida Study Area. FEMA also has made the Preliminary FIRMs and FIS reports for the coastal counties in Georgia accessible through the Preliminary FEMA Map Products page on the FEMA Flood Map Service Center website. Please see the Information for Georgia page for information on the status of the coastal flood risk study for Georgia. 

The Project Team for the coastal flood risk study for the Northeast Florida Study Area will continue to coordinate closely with the Project Team for the coastal flood risk study for the East Coast Central Florida Study Area to ensure consistency of results. Please see the Information for East Coast Central Florida Study Area page for information on the status of this study.

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Schedule

The graphic below indicates how far in the coastal flood risk study process this study has progressed and provides an overview of the various phases of the study.  The boxes below the circles indicate the production tasks, coordination activities, and regulatory steps required for adopting an updated FIRM. Additional information on the regulatory process is provided in FEMA 495, Adoption of FIRMs by Participating Communities.

During public meetings, called Flood Risk Open Houses, FEMA, State, and community representatives jointly present the preliminary findings of the coastal flood risk study. During the Flood Risk Open Houses, homeowners and other members of the public have an opportunity to view the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report. The Flood Risk Open Houses are held following formal meetings with community officials called Consultation Coordination Officer, or CCOMeetings.

A Fact Sheet explaining the CCO Meetings, Flood Risk Open Houses, and other coastal flood risk study meetings is accessible through the "Project Documents" section below.  Other project-related materials, including PDF versions of the presentations delivered during technical outreach meetings, also are accessible through the "Project Documents" section below.

 

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Schedule information for each coastal county in the Northeast Florida Study Area is provided below.

Nassau County

FEMA distributed the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report for Nassau County to local officials on January 15, 2016.The CCO Meeting and Flood Risk Open House for Nassau County were held in Fernandina Beach on February 24, 2016. The FEMA News Release announcing the time and places for the Flood Risk Open House for Nassau County was published on February 16, 2016, and also is accessible through the Information for the Media page.

FEMA initiated the appeal period for affected communities in Nassau County by publishing a Proposed Flood Hazard Determination Notice in the Federal Register, on the FEMA website, and in a local newspaper and by issuing notification letters to the community Chief Executive Officers, or CEOs, and community floodplain administrators, or FPAs. The published notices and Fact Sheets explaining the appeals process are accessible through links in the "Project Documents" section below.

The appeal period for Nassau County started on July 20, 2016, and ended on October 17, 2016. No appeals or comments were received during that period; therefore, FEMA has continued with the processing of the FIRM and FIS report by issuing Letters of Final Determination, or LFDs, to the community CEOs and FPAs on February 2, 2017, and by publishing a Final Flood Hazard Determination Notice in the Federal Register on May 18, 2017. The published Final Flood Hazard Determination Notice is accessible through a link in the  "Project Documents" section below.  

The LFDs established that the flood hazard information for each community is final and initiated a 6-month compliance period. During the compliance period, the affected communities must adopt the FIRM and update their floodplain management ordinances as appropriate to comply with Federal and State standards. The updated FIRM and FIS report will become effective on August 2, 2017, at the end of the compliance period.

Volusia County

FEMA distributed the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report for Volusia County to local officials on January 21, 2016.The CCO Meeting and Flood Risk Open House for Volusia County were held in Port Orange on February 25, 2016.   The FEMA News Release announcing the time and place for the Flood Risk Open House for Volusia County was published on February 16, 2016, and is accessible through the Information for the Media page.

FEMA initiated the appeal period for affected communities in Volusia County by publishing a Proposed Flood Hazard Determination Notice in the Federal Register, on the FEMA website, and in a local newspaper and by issuing notification letters to the community CEOs and FPAs. Links to the published notices and Fact Sheets explaining the appeals process are accessible through the "Project Documents" section below.

The appeal period for Volusia County started on July 22, 2016, and ended on October 19, 2016. No appeals or comments were received during that period; therefore, FEMA has continued the processing of the FIRM and FIS report by issuing LFDs to the community CEOs and FPAs. FEMA also has submitted a Final Flood Hazard Determination Notice for publication in the Federal Register.

The LFDs, which were sent on March 29, 2017, established that the flood hazard information is final and initiated a 6-month compliance period. During the compliance period, the affected communities must adopt the FIRM and update their floodplain management ordinances as appropriate to comply with Federal and State standards. The updated FIRM and FIS report will become effective on September 29, 2017, at the end of the compliance period.

Flagler County
 
FEMA distributed the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report for Flagler County to local officials on March 13, 2016. The CCO Meeting and Flood Risk Open House for Flagler County were held in Palm Coast on May 5, 2016.  Flagler County residents also were invited to attend the St. Johns County Flood Risk Open Houses, discussed below. The FEMA News Release announcing the times and places for the Flood Risk Open Houses for Flagler County was published on April 29, 2016, and also is accessible through the Information for the Media page.
 
FEMA initiated the appeal period for affected communities in Flagler County by publishing a Proposed Flood Hazard Determination Notice in the Federal Register, on the FEMA website, and in a local newspaper and by sending notification letters to the community CEOs and FPAs. Links to the published notices and Fact Sheets explaining the appeals process are accessible through the "Project Documents" section below.  The appeal period started on November 30, 2016, and ended on February 27, 2017.
 
FEMA has addressed all appeals or comments received during the appeal period and will resume the processing of the FIRM and FIS report. The next step in the processing is the publication of a Final Flood Hazard Determination Notice in the Federal Register and the issuance of LFDs to the community CEOs and FPAs. The LFDs will establish that the flood hazard information is final and initiate a 6-month compliance period. During the compliance period, the affected communities must adopt the FIRM and update their floodplain management ordinances as appropriate to comply with Federal and State standards.
 

St. Johns County

FEMA distributed the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report for St. Johns County to county and community officials on May 16, 2016. The CCO Meeting for St. Johns County was held on August 31, 2016, and Flood Risk Open Houses were held in St. Augustine on August 31, 2016, and in Ponte Vedra Beach on September 1, 2016. The FEMA News Release announcing the times and places for the Flood Risk Open Houses for St. Johns County was published on August 23, 2016, and also is accessible through the Information for the Media page.

A second Flood Risk Open House scheduled for the evening of September 1, 2016, was canceled because of the risk posed by Tropical Storm Hermine. An additional open house was held coincident with the Open House for Duval County held on January 24, 2017.  The FEMA News Release announcing the time and place for this additional Open House was published on January 17, 2017, and also is accessible through the Information for the Media page.

FEMA is proceeding with the next step in the process - the initiation of the 90-day appeal period for the affected communities - by publishing a Proposed Flood Hazard Determination Notice in the Federal Register, on the FEMA website, and in a local newspaper and by sending notification letters to the community CEOs and FPAs. The appeal period began on July 14, 2017, and will end on October 11, 2017. Links to Fact Sheets explaining the appeals process and the published notices are accessible through the "Project Documents" section below.

Duval County

FEMA distributed the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report for Duval County to county and community officials on July 29, 2016. The CCO Meeting and Flood Risk Open Houses for Duval County, delayed due to local response and recovery efforts, were held on January 24 and 25, 2017. The FEMA News Release announcing the Flood Risk Open Houses was published on January 17, 2017, and also is accessible through the Information for the Media page. 

FEMA is proceeding with the next step in the process - the initiation of the 90-day appeal period for the affected communities - by publishing a Proposed Flood Hazard Determination Notice in the Federal Register, on the FEMA website, and in a local newspaper and by sending notification letters to the community CEOs and FPAs. Based on the current schedule, tha appeal period will begin on or about August 10, 2017, and will end on November 7, 2017. Fact Sheets explaining the appeals process are accessible through the "Project Documents" section below.  A link to the notice publsihed on the FEMA website will be added once it has been published.

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Project Documents

The documents linked below are pertinent to the processing of the coastal flood risk study for the Northeast Florida Study Area.

Fact Sheets

Meeting Materials

Other Resources

Please Note: Because of the large file size, some documents above may require longer than average downloading time. 

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Community Information

The "Community Information" table linked below provides information for the communities in all nine counties in the Northeast Florida Study Area, including the inland counties that are not directly affected by the results of the coastal flood risk study. The "Community Information" table includes contact information for community CEOs and FPAs; addresses for Community Map Repositories; dates of current effective FIRMs; links to community websites, where available; and statistics on flood insurance policies in force. FEMA will update the "Community Information" table periodically, so please check back for updates.

Community Information for Northeast Florida Study Area, March 2017 (PDF)

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