New Maps Will Become Effective January 29, 2021

Ventura River Watershed Flood Insurance Re-Study

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in collaboration with Ventura County local communities has conducted a Flood Insurance Re-Study (FIS) for the Ventura River watershed. The study area covers the cities of Ventura and Ojai and the county unincorporated areas. A Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) was release on December 23, 2015. In October 2016, a public meeting was held to introduce the preliminary maps and collect comments from local communities. Since the release of the preliminary FIRM, the Ventura County Public Works Agency-Watershed Protection and the cities have worked together to perform technical reviews and submit appeals to FEMA to ensure the flood hazard mapping products are produced using the latest technologies and are based on the best available information. Incorporating the review comments and technical appeals, FEMA released a Revised Preliminary FIRM on January 31, 2020. After resolving all the comments and appeals, FEMA issued a Letter of Final Determination (LFD) on July 29, 2020 and the Preliminary FIRM will become effective on January 29, 2021. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations Section 60.3 (d and c), local communities are required to adopt the effective FIRM and the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports thereafter.

You can find the Preliminary FIRM at:

https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/