We are striving to be the premier provider of Flood Elevation Certificates in Maricopa County, Arizona. The only way this is possible is by providing a rapid response time, low cost and accurate results. We have enhanced our qualifications by attending a FEMA sponsored instructional seminar about FEMA Elevation Certificates. Additionally, we have communicated, and continue to communicate directly with the Regional Manager for FEMA to get clarification on specific issues found at sites.
On this website our intent is to help educate you about Elevation Certificates. The information is beneficial to everyone involved in the process.
Certainly we cannot guarantee the Flood Elevation Certificate will result in low insurance rates. FEMA, in conjunction with the local government in charge of flood control, determines flood zones. The Land Surveyor provides the information, via the Flood Elevation Certificate form, which provides the data which determines the flood risk for your home or business.
The Land Surveyor will search the FIRM Panels and determine what the Flood Zone is from that data. Based on a review of the Flood Elevation Certificates we have filed, there are 4 primary Flood Zones found here in Maricopa County, Arizona. They are Zone A, Zone AO, Zone AH and Zone AE. Select the images here for a higher resolution of each Zone
Zone AO Flood Zone AO defines an area which has at least a 1 percent annual chance of shallow flooding of 3 feet or less in a large area with flowing water. There will be a Flood Depth given, most often being 1 foot, which has been calulated by a detailed analysis of the area
Zone AH Flood Zone AH defines an area which has at least a 1 percent chance of shallow flooding in an area subject to ponding. There will be a Base Flood Elevation provide which is based on detailed calculations of the area.
Zone AE Flood Zone AE defines an area which has at least a 1 percent chance of flooding, typically along a flowing stream. There will be Base Flood Elevations given along the flowing area and a calculation is made to determine the Base Flood Elevation at the location of the building.