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City of Anaheim Flood Plain Map
Elevation Certificates and Letters of Map Amendment
Storm Drainage Master Plan Program and LOMR

 Latest Flood Maps!
On December 3, 2009, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a new set of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for the City of Anaheim.  Copies of the new FIRMs are available in the Reference Section of the City’s Central Branch Library (500 W. Broadway), the Planning Department located at City Hall (200 W. Anaheim Boulevard, Room 162) or they can be viewed online through FEMA’s website.  FEMA’s online format allows you to print a portion of the FIRM as it pertains to your area, called a “FIRMette”.  Directions for searching for a particular map and making a FIRMette can be obtained by clicking on the menu item “map search” at the FEMA website www.store.msc.fema.gov and then choosing the “View” option from the “Map Search Result” page.
  • Being Aware Means Being Prepared

  • In Anaheim, the question is not if a flood will occur, but when. Severe floods have occurred in Anaheim in 1938 and 1969 and extremely heavy rains or El Nino driven storms in 1981 and 1983. In 1995, a particularly heavy spring rain caused the overflow of a flood control channel in West Anaheim.

    It’s comforting to know that a series of improvements to the Santa Ana River are much needed protection for homes and property against potential flood damage. Since 1990, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the Counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange have spent more than $420 million on improvements to the Santa Ana River to provide protection to the residents and property owners of these three counties.

    However, for some residents the flood threat still exists and their mortgage lender may require them to carry flood insurance. Flood insurance (offered by the FEMA) can be purchased through your local insurance agent (homeowner’s insurance does not cover damage from floods). Additionally, if your property is in a flood hazard area, FEMA requires any loans that are Federally-insured to be backed by flood insurance. For more information, please contact the Planning Department at (714) 765-5139.

  • Elevation Certificates

  • Elevation Certificates provide flood elevation data about a structure making it easier for your insurance agent to obtain a more accurate flood-rating determination.  To find out if your home or business has an Elevation Certificate on file contact the Building Division at 765-5153 or view them online, click here.

  •  Flood Safety

  • If severe storm conditions or flooding occurs, don’t go near the Santa Ana River or any of its flood control channels.  You can obtain further information about what precautions to take during a flood by logging onto to the City’s Fire Department disaster-preparedness page at www.anaheim.net/disasterpreparedness
  •  For More Flood Information

  • For further flood-related information including flood insurance requirements, or if you want to know what your flood zone is, contact the City of Anaheim Planning Department at (714) 765-5139.  Additional links to other flood-related websites are listed below.
    For more information Flood Safety information, click on the following link
    --> Be Winter Wise
    For further flood insurance information, click on the following link
    --> FEMA Flood Insurance Page
    For information on drainage system maintenance, click on the following link ---> Stormwater Information Page
    For further information on floodproofing and retrofitting your home or business, click on the following link ---> US Army Corp of Engineers Flood Damage
      Contact Info
    City of Anaheim
    Planning Department  200 South Anaheim Blvd.
    Anaheim, CA 92805
    1st Floor City Hall East
    (714) 765-5139
    Check out the
    City of Anaheim Flood Plain Map (1MB .PDF)