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New Flood Maps in Cook County Illinois

New FEMA Flood Maps become effective on September 18, 2013


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.

Federal law requires that if your property is mapped into a special flood hazard area, and you have a mortgage through a federally regulated or insured lender, flood insurance will be required when the new flood maps become effective.

Flood Risk Mapping is an important part of the National Flood Insurance Program, as it is the basis of the NFIP regulations and flood insurance requirements.

New flood maps and preliminary data provides the public an early look at their home or community’s 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.”

At Second Look Flood, well-trained mapping analysts manually research each property using multiple resources. An aerial overlay is constructed showing the property on the newest FEMA flood plain map. Amendments are also identified, such as a Letter of Map Amendments (LOMA) – 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 determination company located in St. Cloud, MN. The company offers the newest FEMA Flood Maps, Flood Risk Reports with aerial overlays and Flood Determinations. Nationwide Service. For more information, FAQs, flood facts and more, visit


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