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.
The principal function of the Flood Tool is to provide users with a quick and easy approximate determination for an identified location relative to flood hazards. The goal is to reduce the time and costs required to make these estimates. However, if there is any doubt in determining whether property is a flood risk, then the user should always consult the FEMA flood maps and seek certified elevation data unless the natural ground is absolutely above the level of the regulatory flood. Remember: if in doubt, it's not out!
The WV Flood Tool has three customized map views: Public, Expert, and Risk MAP. The Public View allows the general public to obtain quick and easy flood hazard determinations of identified locations, whereas the 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).
A broadband internet connection and a modern Internet/Web browser with Adobe Flash Player (version 10 or higher) installed and working.
Digital flood hazard data is not yet available for three WV counties: Boone, Pleasants, and Webster. In the future new flood data will be added as part of FEMA's continual map modernization program.
See the User Guide in the Resources Section for more information