Flood Protection Information and News Regarding Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Bethany Beach
FLOOD PROTECTION INFORMATION
Many areas in the Town of Bethany Beach are low lying and/or are located in Special Hazard Flood areas (SHFA) and are prone to flooding during storms and heavy rains.
Most areas lying north of Garfield Parkway (Route 26) and east of Route 1 are in coastal AE and AO zones. Properties fronting on the ocean may be in a Coastal V and/or AO zones. Areas west of Route 1, specifically in Bethany West and Turtle Walk have recently been added to the SHFA and are in an AE zone. If you are in a SHFA, you should know about services available to you and how to protect yourself and your property from flooding.
The Town of Bethany Beach offers the following services:
1. Flood Maps and information have been provided to the South Coastal Library and are available for review.
2. The Building Department, located on the first floor of Town Hall also has current Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and can assist with determining a site's FIRM zone and the base flood elevation or depth. The Building Inspector can be reached at 302-539-8780.
3. Handouts from FEMA concerning questions about the National Flood Insurance Program are available from the Building Department.
4. Completed elevation certificates for buildings in Special Hazard Flood areas constructed in the floodplain since 1992 are on file in the Building Department.