DNREC is conducting a floodplain mapping study for Bundicks Branch, west of Lewes, and is encouraging the public to learn more about upcoming mapping changes at https://de.gov/bundicksbranch. Comments and questions on the Bundicks Branch Mapping Study can be submitted online. There you will also find more information on floodplain mapping and flood insurance.
The Bundicks Branch study is an example of DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to improve the accuracy of statewide flood risk maps through a technical cooperation partnership. Current Delaware flood risk maps can be viewed at www.de.gov/floodplanning.
“DNREC and its consultant are performing updated watershed modeling to produce more detailed and accurate flood risk assessments and maps for the Bundicks branch watershed,” said Michael Powell, administrator of the Bundicks. shoreline and waterway management section of the DNREC. “This improved study and map will ultimately be adopted by FEMA to produce updated federal floodplain maps for this watershed.”
FEMA Flood Risk Maps are used for flood insurance purposes and to enforce local floodplain codes. FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program makes flood insurance available to local homeowners. Mortgage lenders require that borrowers with properties in a designated area specially at risk of flooding purchase flood insurance as a condition of receiving a federally guaranteed mortgage in accordance with the Federal Law on Protection against Floods. disasters of 1973.
Standard home insurance does not cover flood damage, but all homeowners and renters can purchase flood insurance. Homeowners interested in the impact of the proposed changes on the cost of their flood insurance premium should contact their insurance agent.
More information on the Delaware floodplain management program is available on the DNREC website.