Flood Mapping for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can be one of the more difficult tasks for engineers unfamiliar with the process. Without a clear understanding of the regulatory challenges involved, land development projects can easily become mired in red tape if they impact the regulatory flood plain or flood way. To make matters more difficult, municipalities maintain their own flood ordinances, which vary regionally, and the amount of help they give (or obstruction they pose) to the engineer or developer varies as well.
What you need, as an engineer, architect, or a potential developer, is an expert with experience in flood mapping who understands how these hurdles change, to help you navigate them. Campbell Civil Consulting can provide you this level of expertise on a project by project basis, without you having to maintain such an expert on your staff full time.
Fees for flood mapping services vary widely by the nature of the project. Supporting a licensed land surveyor in obtaining a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) via Elevation Certificate, showing a particular parcel does not lie within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA, typically understood to be the "100 year flood plain") may only cost several hundred dollars, and may be done on an hourly basis. Revising FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) based on new information may cost several thousand dollars. Establishing changes to FIRMs based on proposed flood plain fill due to construction activity (CLOMR-F) can be a very painstaking process, and depending on the size and nature of the project could cost $10,000 or more.
The engineering terminology for the many different times of flood plain map revisions can be confusing. Campbell Civil Consulting recommends you contact us via email to discuss the particulars of your project, identify what specific needs you have, and obtain a quote for engineering services.