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DeKalb County Georgia Releases New FEMA Flood Maps

New flood insurance rate maps for DeKalb County effective May 16


ATLANTA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been working with county and municipal governments over the last several years to incorporate the best available data into new flood maps.

The ultimate goal of the maps is to protect property owners and communities by showing the extent of flood risk in their areas. Flood maps also help to determine flood insurance rating and building requirements.

New flood maps and preliminary data provides the public an early look at their home or community’s projected flood risk. “FEMA is in the process of updating Flood Maps in every state,” says Bryan Baumann, senior mapping analyst at Second Look Flood. “Each year, thousands of homeowners that are wrongly placed in the high-risk flood zone, and those that should be there might not have adequate coverage when a flood does occur. Everyone should know about these updates.”

Regardless of flood zone, everyone should take steps to financially protect themselves from a flood disaster which affects far too many communities each year. The primary way to do this is by purchasing flood insurance. Since standard homeowner’s, business owner’s, and renter’s insurance doesn’t cover flood damage, flood insurance is an important consideration for everyone.

At Second Look Flood, expert mapping analysts manually research each property using multiple resources. An aerial overlay is constructed showing the property on the newest FEMA flood zone maps. Amendments are also identified, such as a Letter of Map Corrections (LOMC’s) – which are often missed by automated systems. “Every homebuyer and homeowner deserves the peace of mind of a well-trained mapping professional working on their behalf,” Baumann adds.

About Second Look Flood

Second Look Flood is a leading flood vendor located in St. Cloud, MN. The company offers the newest FEMA Flood Maps, Flood Risk Reports with overlay and Flood Determinations, Preliminary and Advisory Map research, and Nationwide Service. FEMA is in the process of updating Flood Maps in every state. For more information, FAQs, flood facts and more, visit


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