Residents West of the Turnpike May Not Need Flood Insurance

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By: Sharon Aron Baron

After years of waiting, thousands of property owners west of the Turnpike may get relief from costly annual flood insurance bills.

The Sun Sentinel reported today that FEMA, sent letters notifying counties and cities that it had finished a three-year study of Broward’s flood zones removing 265,781 Broward parcels from the flood plains, according to county estimates. A contractor is reviewing the maps for accuracy and a FEMA staffer said they will be released in the months ahead.

Not everyone is off scot-free, some lenders may still require flood insurance even if a property is outside the flood zone.

Check Broward County’s not yet adopted FEMA Flood Map here to find out your home’s status:  enter your address and click your home.


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  • Richard Kaplan

    Even if you are no longer in a flood zone, you will have to wait until around August to request your lender to remove the flood insurance requirements. The maps do not take effect until 6 months after they were approved. Why they wait for 6 months to implement after approving them, I don’t know. It’s just the way the government works.

    If your lender agrees to let you drop the insurance requirement you should be able to get back a prorated amount left on the policy when you cancel it. But since you will be heading into hurricane season you may want wait a few months to cancel as a precaution.

  • Jeff Smead

    If you are concerned about the huge flood insurance premium increases, Join us online at Stopfemanow dot com. Stop FEMA Now is a national group of primary and secondary homeowners fighting for affordable flood insurance, for all and to delay and repeal the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. We have chapters in every state but need you to help us. Get facts, not rumors, come join Stopfemanow dot com.

  • Bsmind

    This map did not work for me. I am in a no flood zone there is a letter of map amendment and it is saying I am still in a flood zone. The cities have to keep the Loma’s I have always been told to tell homeowners to call the city. Not sure why this is not coming up correct on this new mapping system.