Welcome! The City of West Des Moines has created this web page for citizens to use to gather information regarding the recent Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) revisions proposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). We hope you will find this information helpful as you look to see how the new maps will affect your property.


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.

2006 FIRMs


190231IND0A.pdf   1902310012C.pdf
1902310003C.pdf   1902310013C.pdf
1902310004C.pdf  1902310014C.pdf



1902310008C.pdf  1902310017C.pdf

1902310009C.pdf  1902310018C.pdf

1902310010C.pdf  1902310019C.pdf

1902310011C.pdf  1902310020C.pdf

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.

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