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Overview

WV Flood Tool

The West Virginia Flood Tool is designed to provide floodplain managers, insurance agents, developers, real estate agents, local planners and citizens with an effective means by which to make informed decisions about the degree of flood risk for a specific area or property.
This is NOT the official instrument of a final hazard determination. Remember: if in doubt, it's not out!

Features

Best Available Flood Reference Data

Includes the best available flood mapping data from FEMA and other approved sources and incorporates the best available base maps/background and reference layers (aerial photos, roads, elevation contours, addresses, stream names, etc.) from commercial and local data sources.
The WV Flood tool consumes web map services from other state agencies (such as WV DOT roads and WV DEP imagery) and operates on both desktop computers and smart phones.


Map Views
  • The WV Flood Tool has three customized map views: PUBLIC, EXPERT, and RISK MAP.
  • PUBLIC View allows the general public to obtain quick and easy flood hazard determinations of identified locations.
  • EXPERT View and RISK MAP View are for more advanced users who are familiar with FEMA's official flood maps and mitigation programs for flood risk mapping, assessment, and planning (RISK MAP).

Tool Functions, Visualization, and Performance
  • Provides detailed flood hazard information for advanced users including base flood, elevations, cross-sections, flood profiles, mitigated properties, stream names, advisory flood heights (AFH) and associated models.
  • Multiple ways to zoom to geographic locations: street addresses, coordinates, place names, and tax parcels.
  • Links specific areas of the map to local floodplain managers or FEMA’s online map service center to view official flood maps.
  • Publish or exchange links of online flood maps for others to view.
  • Approximate elevation of the ground with a vertical accuracy of +/ - 10ft.
  • Displays and queries HAZUS 100-year flood event information to assist in mitigating flood risks

Data Layers

Base map (Background) Layer
  • ROAD/STREET base maps are useful for viewing the named features of roads, streams, and other points of interest.
  • TOPOGRAPHIC base maps are helpful for viewing the terrain.
  • AERIAL OR SATELLITE IMAGERY base maps are useful for viewing structures and high resolution pictures of the earth's surface.
  • WV SHERRIFFS IMAGER provides the high-resolution 4” aerial photography of urban areas at a zoomed-in map scale of 1:282.
  • Counties and local communities are encouraged to incorporate their locally acquired data into the Flood Tool as a web map service for "viewing only" purposes. Any shared data is not redistributed without the owner’s authorization. Shared data of interest includes tax parcels and high resolution aerial imagery and elevation contours.
    • 6" or better resolution leaf-off imagery
    • 2-foot elevation contours
    • Tax parcels

Reference Layers
    Overlay reference layers consist of vector framework layers such as transportation, hydrography, elevation contours, geographic names, watersheds, parcels, mitigated properties, boundaries, and addresses. Reference layers are generalized and more detailed at zoomed-out and zoomed-in scales, respectively, with all layers displayed at the largest zoom-in scale of 1:282.

Flood Layers
    Flood layers encompass information about flood hazards and mitigating flood risks. The flood layers include the best available digital flood data from the FEMA Map Service Center. Certain flood layers (flood profiles, water surface elevation, water depth, x-sections, FEMA panel index, floodways, etc.) are only viewable in the Expert View.

Contacts

West Virginia State NFIP Coordination Office, WV DHSEM

  • Kevin Sneed , CFM, State NFIP Coordinator -(Kevin.L.Sneed@wv.gov)
  • Richard Carte, CFM, NFIP Specialist - (Richard.L.Carte@wv.gov)
  • Robyn Mumphard, CFM, NFIP Specialist - (Robyn.C.Mumphard@wv.gov)
  • Greg McCann, CFM, NFIP Specialist - (Gregory.L.McCann@wv.gov)

  • Capitol Complex, Building 1, Room EB-80 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25305-0360,
    Phone: 304-957-2571,
    Fax: 304-558-8902
    Website
WV GIS Technical Center

(System Administration and Data Integrator)

  • Eric Hopkins - (eric.hopkins@mail.wvu.edu; phone: 304-293-9463)
  • Frank LaFone- (frank.lafone@mail.wvu.edu; phone: 304-293-9466)
  • Kurt Donaldson- (kurt.donaldson@mail.wvu.edu; phone: 304-293-0467)

  • WVU Department of Geology & Geography, 330 Brooks Hall, P.O. Box 6300, Morgantown, WV 26506,
    Phone: (304) 293-0557
    Website
Kevin Sneed

Features

Best Available Flood Reference Data

Includes the best available flood mapping data from FEMA and other approved sources and incorporates the best available base maps/background and reference layers (aerial photos, roads, elevation contours, addresses, stream names, etc.) from commercial and local data sources.
The WV Flood tool consumes web map services from other state agencies (such as WV DOT roads and WV DEP imagery) and operates on both desktop computers and smart phones.


Map Views

The WV Flood Tool has three customized map views: Public, Expert, and Risk MAP.

  • Public View allows the general public to obtain quick and easy flood hazard determinations of identified locations.
  • Expert View and Risk MAP View are for more advanced users who are familiar with FEMA's official flood maps and mitigation programs for flood risk mapping, assessment, and planning (Risk MAP).

Tool Functions, Visualization, and Performance
  • Provides detailed flood hazard information for advanced users including base flood, elevations, cross-sections, flood profiles, mitigated properties, stream names, advisory flood heights (AFH) and associated models.
  • Multiple ways to zoom to geographic locations: street addresses, coordinates, place names, and tax parcels.
  • Links specific areas of the map to local floodplain managers or FEMA’s online map service center to view official flood maps.
  • Publish or exchange links of online flood maps for others to view.
  • Approximate elevation of the ground with a vertical accuracy of +/ - 10ft.
  • Displays and queries HAZUS 100-year flood event information to assist in mitigating flood risks

Data Layers

Base map (Background) Layer
    Road/Street base maps are useful for viewing the named features of roads, streams, and other points of interest.
    Topographic base maps are helpful for viewing the terrain.
    Aerial or satellite imagery base maps are useful for viewing structures and high resolution pictures of the earth's surface.
    WV Sheriffs Imagery provides the high-resolution 4” aerial photography of urban areas at a zoomed-in map scale of 1:282.

    Counties are encouraged to incorporate their locally acquired imagery into the statewide leaf-off imagery web map service (6" or better). Imagery and elevation reference layers provided by local communities are for “viewing only” purposes in the Flood Tool and any shared data is not redistributed without the owner’s authorization.


Reference Layers
    Overlay reference layers consist of vector framework layers such as transportation, hydrography, elevation contours, geographic names, watersheds, parcels, mitigated properties, boundaries, and addresses. Reference layers are generalized and more detailed at zoomed-out and zoomed-in scales, respectively, with all layers displayed at the largest zoom-in scale of 1:282.

Flood Layers
    Flood layers encompass information about flood hazards and mitigating flood risks. The flood layers include the best available digital flood data from the FEMA Map Service Center. Certain flood layers (flood profiles, water surface elevation, water depth, x-sections, FEMA panel index, floodways, etc.) are only viewable in the Expert View.

Contacts

West Virginia State NFIP Coordination Office, WV DHSEM
  • Kevin Sneed , CFM, State NFIP Coordinator -(Kevin.L.Sneed@wv.gov)
  • Richard Carte, CFM, NFIP Specialist - (Richard.L.Carte@wv.gov)
  • Robyn Mumphard, CFM, NFIP Specialist - (Robyn.C.Mumphard@wv.gov)
  • Greg McCann, CFM, NFIP Specialist - (Gregory.L.McCann@wv.gov)

  • WVDHSEM
    Capitol Complex Building 1, Room EB-80 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East Charleston, WV 25305-0360 Phone: 304-957-2571 Fax: 304-558-8902 >>Website
WV GIS Technical Center

(System Administration of Flood Tool; Integrator of high resolution aerial imagery and elevation data from local organizations into Flood Tool)

  • Eric Hopkins - (eric.hopkins@mail.wvu.edu; phone: 304-293-9463)
  • Frank LaFone- (frank.lafone@mail.wvu.edu; phone: 304-293-9466)
  • Kurt Donaldson- (kurt.donaldson@mail.wvu.edu; phone: 304-293-0467)

  • WV GIS Technical Center WVU Department of Geology & Geography 330 Brooks Hall P.O. Box 6300 Morgantown, WV 26506 Phone: (304) 293-0557 >> Website

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