Open Pacific Coast Study FIRM Revision (2020-2021)

FEMA is revising the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for unincorporated areas and the cities along the coast of Los Angeles County. The purpose of the maps is to more accurately identify Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) in these communities.

FEMA prepared 69 Preliminary FIRMs in 2016. FEMA has finalized these maps and has sent Letters of Final Determination to the officials of the County of Los Angeles and the Cities of El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, and Torrance.

The new FIRMS will become effective for insurance purposes 6 months from the date of FEMA’s Letters of Final Determination. The New FIRMs are anticipated to become effective in April 2021.

Residents in the cities are advised to contact their cities’ floodplain managers for information specific to their areas.

Also below are links to the Preliminary FIRMs and other helpful informational materials:

Flood Zone Information (includes FEMA Preliminary Study boundaries)

Open Pacific Coast Study FAQ Sheet October 2020
List of Preliminary FIRM Panels (2016)
Map Changes – Moving into a High Risk Zone (Zone X to Zones A or V)
Map Changes – Increasing Risk from High to Higher (Zone A to Zone V)
Newly Mapped Insurance Coverage Table April 2020
Standard Maximum Insurance Coverage April 2020
Map Changes – Moving Out of a High Risk Zone
Flood Insurance Manual Policy Cancellation, Refunds Excerpt April 2020
Preferred Risk Policy for Homeowners and Renters
Preferred Risk Policy for Businesses
Preferred Risk Policy Rate Table (1-4 Unit Residential) April 2020
Preferred Risk Policy Rate Table (Other Residential Buildings) April 2020
Preferred Risk Policy Rate Table (Non-Residential Businesses) April 2020

Links to Cities’ Floodplain Managers Web Sites:
Carson: Building and Safety, (310) 952-1766
El Segundo: Public Works, (310) 524-2368
Hermosa Beach: Public Works, (626) 318-0214
Lomita: Public Works, (310) 325-7110, Ext. 155
Long Beach: Development Permit Center, (562) 570-7648
Los Angeles: Bureau of Engineering - Street Improvement and Stormwater, (213) 485-4820
Malibu: Public Works/Engineering, (310) 456-2489, ext. 339
Manhattan Beach: Public Works-Engineering Division, (310) 802-5300
Palos Verdes Estates: Public Works – City Engineer, (310) 378-1522
Rancho Palos Verdes: Public Works – Engineering, (310) 544-5252
Redondo Beach: Public Works – Engineering Services, (310) 318-0661
Rolling Hills: Planning, (310) 377-1521
Santa Monica: Public Works, (310) 458-8234 or (310) 348-8221
Signal Hill: Public Works, (562) 989-7351
Torrance: Community Development - Permits, (310) 618-5990, #2