As a property owner, you likely know whether you are within a 100-year floodplain.
However, you may not know how much of your property is located within the 100-year floodplain or if your property may even be located within the floodway. To determine if your property is in the floodplain, the best thing to do is to contact your local floodplain administrator at SEMSWA at (303) 858-8844 to obtain a floodplain information map of your property.
Information is also available at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood map website. This website provides FIRMs for all National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) communities throughout the Country. Access to these maps is available via the internet at: http://msc.fema.gov/
Once you have one of these maps, understanding what they mean is your next challenge. Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) show the boundaries of Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) within a community. SFHAs are the high-risk flood zones. However, FIRMs do not show all of the best available information. There is sometimes updated information for an area that is not shown on the FIRM.