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New Executive Order Amends Floodplain Management


President Obama issued an Executive Order today establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. This Order amends Executive Order 11988 Floodplain Management and solicits comment to new standards. Of the greatest significance is the setting of three approaches to determining the floodplain:


  • Climate-science based approach

  • Freeboard (e.g. 100-year base flood plus several feet of height to address unknowns)

  • 500-year flood elevation


The Federal Emergency Management Agency is tasked with the responsibility of amending the Floodplain Management Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order 11988 and subsequently presenting the draft for public comment.

This stands to influence the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy and the continued rollout of new FEMA floodmaps.

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