It is important to understand what flood hazard information is available, how to use it, and where to get it.
The Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS) has made the most recent Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) databases compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for both Bristol and Providence counties available for download. The databases are posted under the Planning & Cadastre data section of the RIGIS website.
Through its Map Service Center, FEMA offers flood hazard mapping information, products, and services. The Map Service Center maintains copies of all Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM), Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Reports, and “How To” Guides. Here is some of what is offered:
The Mapping Information Platform (MIP) allows access to both flood maps and data, both during the course of a Flood Map Project as data become available and after the flood hazard map is adopted as required to determine insurance rates. The MIP also provides access to a web-based eLOMA application that provides licensed land surveyors and professional engineers (Licensed Professionals) with a system to submit simple Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) requests to FEMA.
Remember, all Rhode Island communities have effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Your local floodplain administrator and your State NFIP Coordinator maintain copies of your local floodplain maps. Contact your local floodplain administrator to arrange a time to review the local maps.