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Flood Information

The links below provide information related to flood hazards as well as development in flood prone areas such as floodplains and floodways.

If you have determined that your new construction or substantial improvement project will be located within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), your project will be required to comply with County Code Section 16.10.070(f) for floodplain development, Section 16.10.070(g) for floodway development or Section 16.10.070(h)5 for coastal high hazard flooding.

For all other projects in a SFHA (including grading, utilities, etc.), compliance with applicable County Codes, building codes, and FEMA regulations may be required. Please visit the Planning Department during business hours and talk to a Resource Planner for additional information.

Determine Your Flood Zone
County GIS Mapping Service
FEMA Map Service Center
2012 Flood Insurance Study
Instructions on Using the County GIS
Map Information Service

Determining Substantial Improvement
      Substantial Improvement Forms and Info

FEMA Links
National Flood Insurance Program Home
FEMA Map Service Center
FEMA Technical Bulletins
NFIP Desk Reference
Coastal Construction Manual
Substantial Improvement/Damage
Guidance for Approximate A Zones
Letter of Map Change Requirements
      Community Rating System
Elevation Certificate Online Training Course
Floodproofing Non-Residential Structures
FEMA Keywords / Definitions

Flood Hazards Ordinance
County Code Section 16.10

Flood Insurance
Changing Risks, Changing Rates
Flood Insurance Requirement
Guide to Elevation Certificates

 Flood Preparedness
Flood Safety Brochure
Financial Assistance Info to Elevate Structures in Flood Zones
Flood Prepare California

Elevation Certificate
Final V-Zone Certificate
Floodproofing Certificate
No-Rise Certificate
V-Zone Certificate

 Stream Gauge Info and Rainfall Information
Santa Cruz Streams - Current Levels 
24 Hour Rainfall Totals
7 Day Forecast (National Weather Service)

 Other Useful Information
      Cleaning up Your Home after a Flood


 Email flood related questions


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