Schuylkill County Floodplain Maps

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA RM420589

The floodplain maps in Pennsylvania were last updated in the 1970s. Recently they undertook a process of studying and updating the maps. Across Pennsylvania the process is almost complete. 

In Schuylkill County, you can find the latest floodplain maps at the FEMA Map Service Center. Some of them may not have been updated yet, but many are complete at this time. 

If your home is in a floodplain, as some of our communities such as St. Clair and Port Carbon, you need to understand what this means. Go to the government website to understand flooding issues and all about flood insurance. From the government website:

Since standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding, it's important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S.

In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves. The NFIP offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners if their community participates in the NFIP. Participating communities agree to adopt and enforce ordinances that meet or exceed FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding.

Find out more about the NFIP and how it can help you protect yourself.

According to the government, you can prepare before a flood happens: 

Before a Flood

To prepare for a flood, you should:

  • Avoid building in a floodprone area unless you elevate and reinforce your home.
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
  • Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.
  • Contact community officials to find out if they are planning to construct barriers (levees, beams, floodwalls) to stop floodwater from entering the homes in your area.
  • Seal the walls in your basement with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.

To learn more about what you can do to protect your home, we encourage you to visit our Information and Guidance on Building Safer page.

 

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Kristine Ginsberg
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Great information and tips on preparing for a dreaded flood! This can happen to anyone, not just people living close to water!  

Feb 25, 2011 12:58 AM #1
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Janice Roosevelt
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Erica, it was so great to meet you in Philadelphia at the Active Rain event a while back. I guess it is no coincidence I am reading this today when we have some wild weather predicted around me. I live near the Brandywine River 9which is more creek than river) and it often floods.

Feb 25, 2011 08:30 AM #2
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Keep in mind that floods can come from above, too. Back in 1999 I bought a home that was 800 ft up on a hillside. I got a floodplain map as part of the disclosure process and wondered, “Huh?” Then the rains came, and as some of the homes were sliding down the hill on the other side where it was landfill, they didn’t have insurance because it was considered a “flood.” Check your homeowner's insurance and make sure you are covered for all the various kinds of floods that can come about. Even go so far as to ask your insurance company what their definitions of flood and water damage are, even putting it in writing if necessary.

Feb 28, 2011 05:38 AM #3
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