o Realtors, Insurance Agents and Lenders:
This email has been sent on behalf of the following municipalities: Unincorporated Lee County, Town of Fort Myers Beach and the City of Bonita Springs.
As a members of the National Flood Insurance Program, we provide Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) information that is required for an NFIP policy, along with copies of flood map panels.
Elevation Certificates for parcels that were in the Special Flood Hazard Area at the time of construction may also be provided – IF they are available/on record.
Each municipality may also offer flood protection assistance about your client’s structure or parcel, and this may include a site visit.
Some municipalities may also send you a “FIRM” letter listing both the required information and additional information including:
· All FIRM panel information;
· Flood zone and base flood elevation, presence of floodway or COBRA/OPA zone;
· Evacuation Zone;
· Coastal High Hazard Area, Coastal Building Zone, Wind speed Building Risk Category;
· Watershed identification and related issues;
· Grade elevation and issues related to the difference between grade and BFE.
“Find My Flood Zone” app: Everyone can access basic FIRM information through an online search by address, owner or STRAP number at http://leegis.leegov.com/floodzone which is maintained by Lee County’s GIS Department. (Additional detailed flood hazard research can be found through http://leegis.leegov.com/leespins/). HOWEVER, for properties located within the city limits (aka “incorporated” areas) of Sanibel, Cape Coral, Estero, Ft. Myers Beach, Fort Myers and Bonita, PLEASE CONTACT THEIR OFFICES at the numbers below to verify current flood zones and FIRM information as the Lee County GIS Department updates the current flood map information within the “Find My Flood Zone” app, for only unincorporated Lee County properties (“unincorporated” Lee County means any parcel of property that is not within a city limit).
You and your clients will find that the attached Lee County All Hazards Guide is loaded with information about these important messages:
· Know the flood warning systems,
· Protect investment in property and contents with flood insurance,
· Ask your community floodplain manager about flood protection assistance,
· Obey hurricane evacuation notices,
· Before you remodel, learn about flood regulations and building codes,
· Report blocked ditches, swales and canals to your jurisdiction,
· Get hard copies (at the EOC) or electronic versions of the Lee County All-Hazard Guide
Please post the Lee County All Hazards Guide document, any of its content, or the above links on your website and pass along to your clients. Posting any of these items on your website helps Lee County jurisdictions maintain flood insurance discounts for your clients.
We encourage you to also link to these helpful websites:
· FEMA’s FloodSmart site: www.floodsmart.gov,
· Lee County Emergency Operations Center: www.leeEOC.com,
· Lee County Rain Gage Data: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/fl/nwis/.
1) Spanish and Creole versions of the All Hazards Guide are available at www.leeEOC.com
2) The Floodsmart website has been redesigned and has a great FAQ section near the bottom of the webpage.
3) All of this information and more can be found on Unincorporated Lee County’s flood web pages at www.leegov.com/dcd/flood
4) Helpful document on the difference between flood zone and evacuation zone: click Here
5) Need to know if a parcels is located within a city limit/municipality? https://www.leegov.com/dcd/Documents/FloodMapping/FindMyMunicipality.pdf