FEMA Floodplain Maps (Updated Feb. 2018)

FEMA Issues Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Majority of DuPage County including Lombard

These preliminary maps bring some additional properties into the regulatory floodplain and they are now considered “best available information” by DuPage County for the purpose of reviewing floodplain permit applications.

The process of finalizing and publishing the maps is anticipated to be completed in 2018. At that time, mortgage companies and insurers will also be required to use them. 

These maps show the larger areas in Lombard. Note that these files are large and take time to download. Click a Lombard Map to download:

To see maps please click here

The preliminary maps are available on FEMA's Website, however, those with the most detail, including a comparison to the current (i.e. 2004) maps can be found on DuPage County's Website.

These maps show the larger areas in Lombard. Note that these files are large and take time to download.
Click a Lombard Map to download:

Additional Lombard maps: 17043C0158J 17043C0159J 17043C0178J

The following information is in regards to flood insurance and how when a map is updated the different options available.  Please note that based on the fact the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is only currently funded through 2017, policies or procedures may be changing in regards the rates/grandfathering/etc. based on future legislation.  The Biggers-Water Act was enacted in 2012 and has been modified since then in regards to how grandfathering will specifically work.

When a property gets mapped from a low risk zone to a high risk zone there are a couple of rating processes a property may be eligible for when the new map comes out.  The first is called the Newly Mapped Procedure.   A property owner mapped into the floodplain after October 1, 2008 is eligible for a lower rated Preferred Risk Policy for one year.  Then after that one year it moves to a standard rated policy. 

Information on the newly mapped procedure:  

The other a process called Grandfathering.  This is for when the structure goes to the standard rated policy.  To get a Grandfathered policy on an older home built before the first maps (pre-FIRM) a homeowner would need to get a policy before the map change date.  (Note: they probably want to get it at least 30 days before, there may be a 30-day wait)  For those homes built after the first maps, the owner would have to show the house was built in compliance with the Flood Insurance Rate Map of the time.  This is built-in compliance Grandfathering.  For grandfathering the insurance company uses the old mapped zone and puts that zone on a standard rated policy.  So if a home was in an X zone moves to an AE zone, the insurance policy is written for the X zone.

Handout on grandfathering:

For example, a property owner who recently got mapped in could get the Newly Mapped Preferred Risk Policy for one year.  They may then move to a standard rated policy and may be eligible for a Grandfathered Standard Rated policy. 

FEMA administers the national flood insurance program: Mapping, Mitigation/Compliance, and Insurance.  However, FEMA does not write or service flood insurance policies.  Companies that partner with FEMA in the Write Your Own program do.  On the insurance side of the NFIP, there are over 80 different companies that write and service flood under their own name.  This is a partnership between the federal government and the private insurance companies.  There is also a contractor called NFIP Direct that writes and services certain FEMA policies, State Farm and Allstate flood policies. You can think of them like a subcontractor which puts the FEMA logo on their policies.   All of these companies can write a flood insurance policy.  Only an agent or insurance company licensed to sell property and casualty insurance in Illinois can quote and write a flood insurance policy in Illinois.  You can see the list of companies here:  https://www.fema.gov/wyo_company.  Generally, it is suggested that homeowners contact the insurance company their current homeowners policy is through and see if they can write a flood policy.

As of March 1, 2018, there is a 90-day scientific or technical data appeal period.  The required 2 public notices will be published in the Lombardian on February 22, 2018 and March 1, 2018.  Any interested party who wishes to appeal should present the data that tend to negate or contradict the FEMA findings to Jana Bryant, Lombard’s Private Development Engineer, by May 1, 2018 for a consolidated appeal package to be submitted.

At the end of the 90-day appeal period and following the resolution of any appeals and comments, the Letter of Determination will be issued, which will establish the effective date of the newly updated maps.

Questions about the maps and comments and appeals to FEMA may be directed to Jana Bryant, Lombard’s Private Development Engineer, at 630-620-5973 or bryantj@villageoflombard.org