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DCR Floodplain Management Services

The staff provides local officials with

  • Technical and planning assistance and information
  • Floodplain maps and mapping guidance
  • Model ordinances to communities interested in joining the NFIP, as well as to participating communities
  • Local ordinance review for NFIP compliance
  • Support for communities participating in or wishing to join the Community Rating System.

Program staff also provides information to

  • Homeowners
  • Business owners
  • Lenders
  • Professional land surveyors
  • Realtors
  • Insurance agents
  • Many others
  • Anyone who'd like training for an interested group

Virginia Flood Risk Information System

The Virginia Flood Risk Information System (VA FRIS) is a mapping information system used to determine property that's in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), floodway or 500-year floodplain. It helps builders make wise decisions about building sites, and it helps helps real estate agents, property buyers and property owners determine the flood risk of a dwelling or parcel.

VA FRIS includes Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Virginia (DFIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Virginia communities. Learn more about VA FRIS.

Training schedule

Would you like training on a flood related topic? Just contact DCR staff. If enough people are interested in a given topic, staff will arrange a local training session.

L273: Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program

DCR and FEMA will hold two sessions of this four day long, introductory course in early 2016. DCR will offer the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam the morning after the course finishes. Please see below for more information regarding the course, the CFM exam, and the locations, dates, and registration forms for these offerings.

Description of Course
Description of Certified Floodplain Manager

L273 hosted with Virginia Tech at Blacksburg
Jan. 25-28, 2016, with CFM exam on Jan. 29.
This course is full.

L273 hosted with the City of Winchester
Feb. 22-25, 2016, with CFM exam on Feb. 26.
Registration form for the L273 at Winchester

Community Rating System presented by ISO

A day-long course, sponsored by DCR and the city of Hampton and taught by the Insurance Services Office's (ISO) Virginia specialist, covering the Community Rating System will be offered again. No specific date has been set. This course is open to only governments and nonprofit groups. Those interested in attending a future session should complete a registration form.

Registration Form for CRS Course

Training at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

FEMA offers courses covering various hazard mitigation and flooding topics for managers and planners at EMI in Emmitsburg, Maryland. FEMA reimburses local government participants for all travel costs except food. Visit EMI's website for details.

EMI has released its FY 2016 course schedule. View the course offering list by week here or by curriculum topic here.

For more information...

...about flooding issues, floodplain management or the National Flood Insurance Program, please call 804-371-6095 or write:

Department of Conservation and Recreation
Floodplain Management
600 E. Main St., 24th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Click here for specific staff contact information.