Flood Zone Information and Flood Insurance
Since the City of Roanoke participates in NFIP, you can buy affordable protection that insures a single-family home for up to $250,000 and its contents up to $100,000. Renters can cover contents up to $100,000. Non-residential property owners can insure a building up to $500,000 and contents up to $500,000. Visit Floodsmart.gov to learn more about coverage and find an agent near you.
A 30-day waiting period must pass before most flood policies become active. Some policies, however, start sooner:
- If your building is newly designated in a high-risk Special Flood Hazard Area, and you buy flood insurance within the 13-month period following a map revision: One-day waiting period.
- If you buy flood insurance in connection with making, increasing, extending or renewing your mortgage loan: No waiting period.
- If you select additional insurance as an option on your flood insurance policy renewal bill: No waiting period.
- If your property is affected by flooding on burned federal land, and the policy is purchased within 60 days of the fire-containment: Possible waiver of waiting period.
The NFIP also includes Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage for all new and renewed Standard Flood Insurance Policies. This insurance is available to any owner of insurable property (buildings and/or contents) in Roanoke. The average annual premium for this insurance on a residential home is about $2000. The actual cost will vary depending on the amount of coverage and the degree of flood hazard. This insurance is required to purchase a home within or near the FEMA floodplain with a federally backed mortgage.
If you are considering flood insurance, constructing a new building, or adding to an existing building, you may need to know if your property is located within a floodplain. Locate your address using the FEMA Flood Map Service Center to find your flood map. For any property located in the City of Roanoke, the Stormwater Division will provide the following information based on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM):
- Flood Zone and Floodway Determinations
- Base Flood Elevation (BFE)
- FIRM and Panel numbers
- Elevation Certificates (Click here for information on how to obtain Elevation Certificates, if available)
- Information on areas with Natural Floodplain Functions
- Information on local drainage problems
Myth: The “100 Year Flood” should only happen once every 100 years.
Fact: The “100 Year Flood” actually has a 1% chance of happening in any given year. These floods are likely to occur far more often than once every hundred years. Homes in these areas have a 26% chance of such a flood occurring during a 30 year mortgage period.
Are you aware of your flood risk?
Know your risk. Protect your property. Get Flood Insurance.
Search for a property using the address box in the map below to identify the flood risks using the FEMA Flood Hazard Layer. The blue area indicates the Special Flood Hazard Area. For additional information regarding a property and its flood risk, visit the City of Roanoke Real Estate GIS.