Who is responsible for updating the maps?
Currently, there is a nationwide collaborative effort across all levels of government to provide communities with flood risk information and tools that can be used to enhance local mitigation plans and better protect citizens from damage due to flooding. This local mapping project is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) effort, which through more accurate flood hazard maps, risk assessment tools, planning and outreach support, will strengthen Manhattan's ability to make informed decisions about reducing flood risk and enhance its ability to communicate that risk to residents and business owners.

Manhattan's map update project is a joint effort with FEMA in cooperation with local associations and private sector partners.

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1. What is a floodplain and how do I determine if my property is located in this area?
2. Why is Manhattan getting new flood hazard maps?
3. How might the new flood maps affect me financially?
4. How can I reduce the cost of flood insurance?
5. Who is responsible for updating the maps?
6. What is a Flood Insurance Rate Map?
7. What are the benefits of the new FIRMs?
8. How will the new FIRMs affect me?
9. What will happen if my property is remapped from a moderate- or low-risk area to a high-risk area?
10. What will happen if my property is remapped from a high-risk to a moderate- or low-risk area?
11. What does the new Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act mean for me?
12. When do the new maps become effective?