Berks County FEMA Floodplain Viewer- Desktop Version
Berks County FEMA Floodplain Viewer- Mobile Version
Click Here to view FEMA's NFHL Viewer (Please note: You will be leaving Berks County Planning Commission's website)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated the floodplain data and maps for Berks County through an effort called Flood Map Modernization. This multi-year project has re-examined flood zones using new topographic data and aerial imagery. As a result, flood zones have changed. Some properties have been mapped into a higher risk zone and some have been mapped into a lower risk zone. The result are revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and the Flood Insurance Study (FIS).
The Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) and FIRMs illustrates the extent of flood hazards in your community and is used to determine who must buy flood insurance and the floodplain development regulations that apply in the flood risk zones depicted.
The FIS is a narrative report of a community's flood hazards including: a description of the areas studied and the engineering methods used; past flooding information; and graphic profiles of the flood sources.
2. View FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) issued July 3, 2012:
- Visit the FEMA Map Service Center: https://msc.fema.gov/
- Contact your municipality.
- Contact information for all municipalities in Berks County can be found here: Berks County Municipal Contacts
- Visit the Berks County Planning Commission Office
- FREE GIS Data Downloads can be accessed by going to the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) Database
3. To Learn More About Flood Risk and Flood Insurance:
- Visit the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) website at www.floodsmart.gov
- Contact the NFIP Telephone Response Center at 1-800-427-4661
- Contact your insurance company or agent. For a list of agents in your area that sell and service NFIP flood insurance policies, go to www.floodsmart.gov and click on "Agent Locator".
- Visit FEMA's LIVE CHAT online Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm by visiting https://msc.fema.gov/
- Properties that are included within a Zone A or AE on the DFIRMs and FIRMs are considered to be in the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) or a High Risk Zone.
- Flood insurance is mandatory if you live in a high-risk area (Zones A and AE) and have a mortgage from a federally regulated lender.
- If you do not have a mortgage, it is recommended that you consider purchasing flood insurance.
- If your property is located in a moderate or low risk zone (Zones X), flood insurance is optional.
- Contact your insurance agent to learn more and plan for your flood insurance.
- View all of the FEMA flood zone definitions: FEMA Flood Zone Designations
Additional FEMA Informational Brochures
The following brochures were prepared by FEMA to provide information and educate residents and municipalities about FEMA's flood hazard data and maps.
Informational Brochures (.PDF)
If you have any questions on the information provided in these brochures, please visit www.fema.gov.