The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published its revised floodplain maps for Androscoggin County last June and is requiring that they be adopted locally. As a result, floodplain designations for some properties in Auburn have been reclassified. Some properties may now fall within a more stringent floodplain zone, while others may have been removed from previously identified floodplain areas. See the attached Property Owner Notice for additional details.
Please review the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate (FIRM) maps to access relevant information for your property. On the page which appears next, you will notice a dialog box which asks you to ‘Enter the street address’ for the property you are interested in viewing. Enter the information requested in the space provided by typing your street number followed by your street name, but not your street’s suffix (i.e., do not include St., Rd. Ln. Dr., etc.). For example, Sixty Court Street should be entered simply as: 60 Court. Then either click “Locate” in the same dialog box, or hit “Enter” on your keyboard. This will bring you to the general map area including your property of interest. The location of your property will be pointed to by a box containing the property address in it. (Please disregard the Score Number that is near your address - It does not reference anything to do with the Flood Plain designation)
Once you access a map, if you wish to “zoom” to (enlarge or magnify) the particular property you searched for, single left-click the “zoom to” option in the box which points to the property on the map. If you wish to move around to other areas on the map you may do so by left-clicking and holding the click button down on any location on the map, and then moving your computer mouse in the direction you would like to move. This will allow you to drag the map to “pan” around to other nearby areas. If you wish to zoom in closer or zoom out farther you may do so with the magnifying glass icons near the top left side of the screen. These icons “fade” when not being used, so you may need to run your mouse over the top left of the map in order to notice them. (+ zooms in, - zooms out). You may also zoom in or out by using the scroll bar on your computer mouse or laptop pad, if you have one (the “wheel” in between left and right clicks on a mouse).
To compare the Effective 1995 map (currently in place) to the proposed 2012/13 Preliminary Map (proposed), look to the top right side of the map. There you will notice two designations (2012 Prelim FIRM Flood Zones’ and ‘1995 Edition FIRM Flood Zones’). Below these two designations is a sliding “scroll bar” much like what you might see on a word document. That bar runs horizontally from left to right, and may be used to change the map’s display or Flood Zone information from the default (2012 proposed maps) to the pre-existing (1995 maps) by simply clicking and dragging the “knob” from left to right.
The maps may also be accessed in the City’s Planning and Permitting Department, located on the 1st floor of Auburn City Hall. Additional information and resources are also linked to this page on the left.
The purpose of this notice is to provide information to help you determine whether your property stands to be impacted by FEMA’s proposed revised maps, and to make sure you have the opportunity to review the changes. FIRMs are used to determine if flood insurance is required for loans and to set insurance rates.
Please be assured that the City has and will work diligently to ensure the FEMA floodplain designations are accurate. However, it is critical for individual property owners to understand how FEMA's changes affect individual properties. Thus, it is important to identify and review your property’s floodplain designation according to the method outlined above.