In a FEMA letter dated August 1, 2018, the updated FIRMs for the City of West Des Moines will become effective on February 1, 2019. Additional information and the FIRMs can be viewed here under the Search All Products hyperlink.
The City of West Des Moines participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) sponsored by FEMA so that property owners within the City are eligible to purchase federally backed flood insurance. Lenders and insurance companies use the FIRMs as a tool to analyze the risk of flooding to any individual property. The updated maps were prepared with the most current digital aerial mapping, allowing FEMA to more accurately predict areas that may be subject to flooding. As a result, several theoretical flood limit boundaries have shifted.
The City of West Des Moines created an interactive mapping application for your use. Links to the respective FIRMs are included with this mapping tool. If you find this mapping application difficult to use or need some general advice on how to use it more effectively, please read our Helpful Hints document.
View the map index provided below (190231IND0A for 2006 or 19153CIND0A for 2019) to find out which map(s) apply to your property. Once you’ve found the pertinent map(s), click on the link to the FIRM that applies to your property for further information.
Additional information is also available here.
If you currently have an effective Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), both considered Letters of Map Changes (LOMCs), reference the final Summary of Map Actions (SOMA). Properties with recorded LOMCs have also been mapped and can be viewed using the interactive mapping application. If the LOMC is listed as Not Incorporated, it has not been included in the mapping revisions but will be revalidated free-of-charge one day after the revised FIRMs become effective. Other LOMCs listed as Superseded will no longer be in effect when the revised FIRMs become effective.
Should you find that your property status has changed from earlier mapping or your property is now included in or near an area where there is identified flooding potential, you may want to consider contacting your insurance agent and/or your lender to discuss the flooding risks. If you believe your property is not subject to flooding, you may submit a request to FEMA for a LOMC here. Consult our frequently asked questions document for more information.
If you have further questions or comments, please contact Rod VanGenderen at (515) 222-3620 or Jeff Nash at (515) 222-3475.