Public Works

What You Should Know about Flood Risk, Prevention, and Insurance

Protect Your Family and Property from Flooding

Did you know that most of the City of Burlington is within the 100-year Flood Plain?  Therefore, your property is likely to be within or near this plain.  In December, 2017, FEMA revised all Flood Insurance Rate Maps and many properties could be affected (see below to learn how you could be affected).

Know Your Flood Risk
The most recent flood study, effective December 2017, shows a majority of the City would be inundated by a 100-year flood.  Previous studies did not include nearly as much of the City.  If your home was constructed prior to  July 1977 and your property is not within the July 1977 flood map, you may qualify for a lower flood insurance rate.  If you would like to see if your property is now in the flood plain, and was not on earlier maps, the current and previous maps are available for inspection in the Construction Office at City Hall or your local or county library.  The flood insurance map and other helpful publications on flood insurance printed by FEMA are available at the Library Company of Burlington, 23 W. Union St., or visit and the other informative links below.  To view July 1977 Flood Maps, please visit the following link:  1977 Flood Maps.

December 2017 Flood Insurance Rate Map Revisions that May Affect You 
FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) Have Been Revised as of December 2017.  To view and/or print the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps that have been revised as of December 2017 and showing potential changes to flood insurance rates for some properties in the City of Burlington, please visit FEMA's Map Service Center at https://msc.fema/gov/portal, where you can enter your address to see if your property has been affected by changes to the map.  You can also contact FEMA Map Information Exchange, toll free, at 1-877-336-2627.

Map Changes and Flood Insurance.  What Property Owners Need to Know about Flood Maps.
FEMA works with community leaders across the country to identify their flood hazards and learn how to reduce the impact of these and other hazards.  Click on the following link to learn more about flood maps, insurance requirements, and mitigating flood risk:  Map Changes and Flood Insurance Flyer.

Request and Free Consulation and Site Evaluation Visit
Also, to learn if you are in a floodway or other special, problem areas, and what to do to protect yourself and your property, please call the Construction Office to learn about maps, floodways, and non-flood-map problem areas as well as recommended actions to prevent problems, mitigate risk, and insure property against loss.  To request a one-on-one visit to your site, please call the Construction Office at 609.386.0200 ext.171. 

Register and Be Alert for Official Flood Warnings

The safety of you and your family is of utmost importance.   The City now has Automated Community Emergency phone-calling systems and you can pre-register at-risk loved ones with Register Ready (  Police and Fire personnel also will traverse the area and use Public Address Systems and personal contact to ensure that all persons have left an area.  To learn more about these  and other ways to protect your loved ones and property during flood and other emergencies, visit the City's Office of Emergency Management page by clicking on the following link:  Office of Emergency Management.

Protect Your Loved Ones by Being Prepared and Following Your Plan
To be well informed about an approaching storm, also keep a battery-powered radio turned to a local station and follow emergency instructions.  If evacuation is ordered, do so immediately!  Be sure to have a full tank of gasoline, and stock your car with canned goods and non-perishable items, a can opener, a container of water, a first aid kit, and any special medications needed by your family.  If time permits, protect your property by turning off your home’s main power switch and main gas valve.  To learn more about these  and other ways to protect your loved ones and property during flood and other emergencies, visit the City's Office of Emergency Management page by clicking on the following link: Office of Emergency Management.

You Also Need to Purchase Flood Insurance
Normal property insurance does not cover flood losses, but the city participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and flood insurance is available for almost any enclosed building and its contents.  Non-residential and business properties are also eligible for flood insurance, and flood insurance is mandatory if the building is subject to any federally guaranteed financing. 

Community Rating System
The City of Burlington participates in the Community Rating System (CRS), and reduced rates are available depending on the lowest floor elevation above mean sea level, plus a variety of deductible amounts.  Therefore, you are urged to inquire about flood insurance from your insurance agent.  A waiting period of 30 days may apply. 

Build Responsibly

All new construction and renovation projects are required to have local permits, and, depending on the type and locations of the project, various State permits may also be required.  Always check with the City’s Construction Code Office before purchasing property in the City to determine what special regulations are in effect regarding to the location within the Special Flood Hazard Zone.  If you would like flood protection assistance, you can make an appointment with the Construction Office by calling 609.286.0200, ext. 171.  Or visit the Sewer and Drainage or Construction Office pages of this website, or see the  links to valuable flood risk, flood prevention, flood response, and flood insurance information.

Other Links to Flood Risk and Flood Insurance Information

Flood Risk
Flooding can happen anywhere, but certain areas are especially prone to serious flooding. To help communities understand their risk, flood maps (Flood Insurance Rate Maps, FIRMs) have been created to show the locations of high-risk, moderate-to-low risk and undetermined-risk areas. Link to the One-Step Flood Risk Assessment Tool, which is a simple way for homeowners to learn their flood risk level by just inputting their address at:

Flood Risk Scenarios
What are your chances of experiencing a flood? These animated scenarios demonstrate how various factors impact different neighborhoods.  Learn about the various factors that can cause flooding at:

Changes are coming to the National Flood Insurance Program.
Visit the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 webpage to learn how the changes might affect you.

Protect Your Property
Think about what your home means to you. Have you done everything you  can to protect it? Learn your flood risk at

Preferred Risk Policy Eligibility Extension
There's good news for property owners who have been newly mapped into a high-risk flood area since October 1, 2008. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers a cost-saving insurance option that may benefit them. If a structure has been newly mapped into a high-risk flood area on or after October 1, 2008, the property owner may be eligible for significant savings with the NFIP's Preferred Risk Policy Extension. Find out more about the Preferred Risk Policy Eligibility Extension at

Flood Insurance Reform Helps You Insure Your Property
In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves. The NFIP offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters and business owners if their community participates in the NFIP. Participating communities agree to adopt and enforce ordinances that meet or exceed FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding.

Details About Flood Insurance Program from FEMA
Learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program from FEMA at:

Protect Our Natural Floodplain Functions
Keeping our drains clear protects our property and loved ones during floods, and protects our drinking water, wildlife, and environment.  For more information on what you can do,  visit

Stormwater Management
City of Burlington Municipal Stormwater Management Plan

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Protect Our Natural Floodplain Functions
Keeping our drains clear protects our property and loved ones during floods, and protects our drinking water, wildlife, and environment.  For more information on what you can do,  visit

Real-Time Gage Information of Current Water Levels and Flood Height Predictions
View Current Flood and Other Water Conditions in Delaware River

Burlington County Geological Information System
To view GIS data visit:  Burlington County GIS