Floodplains

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Purpose

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has identified special flood hazard areas within the boundaries of Cecil County.  Special flood hazard areas are subject to periodic inundation which may result in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, and impairment of the tax base, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety and general welfare. 

Informational Documents

Information regarding floodplain rules and regulations, including flood protection information, can be obtained from the following sources:

Cecil County Zoning Ordinance - The floodplain district is discussed on pages 290-332 (Article XI, Part III) of said Ordinance.

Cecil County Department of Emergency Services

FEMA's "Plan & Prepare" website

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Maryland Flood Hazard Mitigation Program

National Flood Insurance Program

Real time data on stream flow is available from the USGS's Cecil County gage stations - Big Elk Creek, Conowingo, Octoraro Creek, and Perryville / Havre de Grace

Maps

New floodplain maps became effective on May 4, 2015. To view the flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs), please use the index page and the links below.

New Floodplain Maps
FIRM Index Panel 20 Panel 25 Panel 29 Panel 30
Panel 33 Panel 35 Panel 50 Panel 65 Panel 75
Panel 88 Panel 89 Panel 90 Panel 93 Panel 95
Panel 100 Panel 107 Panel 126 Panel 127 Panel 128
Panel 129 Panel 133 Panel 135 Panel 137 Panel 141
Panel 142 Panel 151 Panel 152 Panel 153 Panel 154
Panel 156 Panel 160 Panel 161 Panel 162 Panel 163
Panel 164 Panel 167 Panel 168 Panel 169 Panel 176
Panel 177 Panel 178 Panel 179 Panel 181 Panel 183
Panel 187 Panel 189 Panel 190 Panel 191 Panel 193
Panel 195 Panel 209 Panel 217 Panel 218 Panel 219
Panel 226 Panel 227 Panel 228 Panel 229 Panel 231
Panel 232 Panel 233 Panel 234 Panel 236 Panel 237
Panel 238 Panel 239 Panel 242 Panel 243 Panel 244
Panel 251 Panel 252 Panel 253 Panel 254 Panel 256
Panel 258 Panel 259 Panel 261 Panel 262 Panel 263
Panel 264 Panel 266 Panel 268 Panel 276 Panel 277
Panel 281 Panel 282 Panel 301 Panel 302 Flood Study

Cecil County's previous flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) went into effect on July 8, 2013. To download any of the FIRMs, please use the index page and the links below.

Cecil County's previous flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs)
FIRM Index Panel 20 Panel 25 Panel 29 Panel 30
Panel 33 Panel 35 Panel 50 Panel 65 Panel 75
Panel 88 Panel 89 Panel 90 Panel 93 Panel 95
Panel 100 Panel 107 Panel 126 Panel 127 Panel 128
Panel 129 Panel 133 Panel 135 Panel137 Panel 141
Panel 142 Panel 151 Panel 152 Panel 153 Panel 154
Panel 156 Panel 160 Panel 165 Panel 170 Panel 176
Panel 177 Panel 178 Panel 179 Panel 181 Panel 183
Panel 187 Panel 189 Panel 190 Panel 191 Panel 193
Panel 195 Panel 210 Panel 220 Panel 230 Panel 235
Panel 240 Panel 243 Panel 244 Panel 245 Panel 255
Panel 260 Panel 263 Panel 264 Panel 265 Panel 270
Panel 280 Panel 285 Panel 305 Flood Study

Older FIRMs were in effect from April 4, 1983 to July 8, 2013. If interested in viewing these maps for historical purposes, please use the index map below. 

Older FIRMs
FIRM Index Panel 5 Panel 7 Panel 8 Panel 10
Panel 15 Panel 17 Panel 19B Panel 20B Panel 21
Panel 22 Panel 23 Panel 24 Panel 26 Panel 27
Panel 28 Panel 29 Panel 31B Panel 32B Panel 33
Panel 34 Panel 37 Panel 41 Panel 42 Panel 43
Panel 44 Panel 46 Panel 47 Panel 48 Panel 49
Panel 52 Panel 54 Panel 56 Panel 57 Panel 58
Panel 59 Panel 65 Panel 71B Panel 72B Panel 80

Floodway Maps that were in effect between April 4, 1983 and July 8, 2013 may be downloaded using the links below:  

Floodway Maps
Floodway Index Panel 7 Panel 8 Panel 19 Panel 21
Panel 23 Panel 24 Panel 27 Panel 31 Panel 33

Contact Information

For more information, or to obtain paper copies of elevation certificates or letters of map amendment, please contact the Office of Planning & Zoning at 410-996-5220. 

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