Floodplain & Flood Maps

FEMA Issues New Flood Maps
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) maps of Baldwin that show where streams are likely to flood in case of severe weather were compiled 20 years ago. Since 2003, FEMA has led a major effort to update the nation’s flood maps to accurately represent current flood risks. As of September 26, 2014, FEMA is adopting updated Flood Rate Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Allegheny County. Flood hazard area designations on the updated maps have changed from the previous FIRMs. This means some Baldwin properties are now designated as Special Flood Hazard Areas, a high-risk flood area. Property owners were notified in writing if their floodplain designation has been effected by the new flood maps. Copies of the new maps are available to view at the Borough office.

Why is this important?
Since mortgage companies require flood insurance on properties based on their proximity to streams, those map differences could mean that some people are now obliged to buy flood insurance. Since September 26, 2014, the Borough’s process for issuing building permits and enforcing the floodplain provisions of its zoning ordinance are be guided by the new map’s information.

Resources
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Search for insurance coverage options available to PA homeowners and renters on the state's website.
Visit the official national flood insurance program website.
Read more about federal flood insurance reforms here.
  1. National Flood Insurance
  2. Good News
  3. Know Your Risk
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was established with the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968. The NFIP is a Federal program enabling property owners in participating communities to purchase flood insurance as protection against flood losses, while requiring State and local governments to enforce floodplain management regulations that reduce future flood damages. Over 20,000 communities participate in the NFIP. Read More