New Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) Appeal Period
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating unincorporated Kern County and City of Bakersfield flood maps in 2020. New maps identify the current flood hazards and provide data to guide building officials, contractors, and homeowners to make effective mitigation decisions, thereby contributing to safer and more resilient communities.
Before the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective, there is a 90-day appeal period from August 17 to November 15, 2020. During that time, residents with technical and scientific information, such as detailed hydraulic or hydrologic data, can appeal the flood risk information on the preliminary maps.
Flood hazards are dynamic and change frequently for many reasons, including weather patterns, erosion, and community development. FEMA, Kern County, and the City of Bakersfield worked together to collect new or updated flood hazard data to modernize the flood maps and reflect these changes, which may also affect building or insurance requirements.
The local mapping project is part of a nationwide effort led by FEMA to increase local knowledge of flood risks and support actions to address and reduce the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. FEMA encourages residents to review the preliminary flood maps to learn about local flood risks, potential future flood insurance requirements, and identify any concerns or questions about the information provided.
The risk of flooding affects almost every corner of the nation. In total, 98% of counties have experienced a flood event, which makes floods the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.
You can see these preliminary flood insurance rate maps at:
Floodplain Management and Grading Code Ordinances Resources
The purpose of Floodplain Management is to promote the public health, safety and general welfare, and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in flood hazard areas.
Engineering Bulletin 11-01 Precipitation Data (717 downloads)
Engineering Bulletin 11-02 Sump Volume Requirements (676 downloads)
Engineering Bulletin 11-03 Financial Assurance Requirements 2019 (602 downloads)
Flood Insurance Studies
Removing a structure from a FEMA designated Special Flood Hazard Area may require one or more of the following documents:
Availabile for review, the Preliminary FEMA Kern County Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). See the following links: