The City of Albuquerque and its surrounding areas contain several different Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), also known as flood zones. The following information explains how flooding can occur, identifies the SFHA’s in Albuquerque, discusses the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and talks about why the City participates in the FEMA program
What is the definition of a flood according to FEMA and the NFIP?
- A flood is a general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of two or more acres of normally dry land area or of two or more properties (at least one of which is the policyholders’ property) caused by: (1) Overflow of inland or tidal waters, (2) Unusual and (3) rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source or mudflow.
How do I know if my residence or building is in a flood zone?
- To answer this question click on one of the links below and enter your address. The first link is a local map, which shows the same SFHA’s as the FEMA map. The only difference is, the FEMA map is the official map used by all flood plain administrators and investigators for lending institutions.
For FEMA related question, please contact the Hydrology Engineer Assistant at (505) 924-3977.