FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, has updated the current Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for all of Maine.
Some of the changes may affect your property resale values and your insurance requirements if your property is within the flood zone. For those of you who have previously obtained LoMA’s (Letter of Map Amendments) and now find yourself within a flood plain, it may be very important to obtain flood insurance prior to the effective date of the new maps (90 days after June 11, 2014). Your insurance rates may be significantly reduced by doing so.
We at Town Hall are not experts on the issue and are not able to address issues you may have.
For general information about FEMA and frequently asked questions about flood zones visit
To view the preliminary maps: http://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/searchLoad.action
To search by address please use this link: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/
Ruth Franzius, former Planning Board member, put together the following list to help navigate the site and determine which map to view:
- Select Maine
- Select Hancock County
- Click “Get Preliminary FEMA Map Products
View the pdf of the chosen map. Below are the map numbers for Hancock County and a very basic description of the map.
|Map# (begins 23009C)
|Hancock Point north to Cross Road
|Very tip of Hancock Point
|Hancock east to Sorrento
|Lamoine/Hancock – Point Road – north
|Sullivan/Hancock to Sorrento
|Route One to bridge and Sullivan/Point Road-south/Eastside Rd
|Sullivan/Hancock above bridge
|Hancock/Lamoine Route One – Carrying Place
|Hancock Route ONe – Carrying Place/Sullivan
|Hancock Route One – east including Old Route One
|Hancock/Lamoine – east
|Hancock/Lamoine/Trenton – east
|Hancock – east
|Hancock – Thorsen Road – east
|Hancock – Egypt Stream/Franklin/Twp 8 border
|Hancock/Twp 8/Franklin border
|Twp 8/Ellsworth/Hancock northwest corner
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION…..