Alaska Risk MAP Program

Community Risk MAP Studies

City of Homer

The City of Homer has been engaged in two recent Risk MAP studies: a Physical Map Revision of the Homer Spit, which was completed in November 2013, and the current Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Flood Study described in detail below.

Homer Spit Physical Map Revision

This Physical Map Revision project included 8 miles of revised coastal hazard analysis that included collection of storm surge data (coastal hydrology) and conduct overland wave height analysis (coastal hydraulics), in addition to computing wave runup.  The new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) became effective November 6, 2013.

Homer Spit Physical Map Revision Risk MAP Discovery Documents
Homer Spit Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Study and Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps


Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Flood Study

FEMA and the State of Alaska are conducting a coastal Risk MAP Study in the Kenai Peninsula Borough that began in 2011.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Flood Study Discovery Documents
Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Flood Study Scope Documents
Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Flood Study Draft Work Maps - Homer
Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Flood Study Preliminary Maps - Homer

Study Scope

Specific to the City of Homer, the scope of work of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Risk MAP Study includes (see also the map below):

  • A detailed coastal flood hazard analysis including the collection of storm surge (coastal hydrology) and overland wave height analysis (coastal hydraulics) near Beluga Lake and Beluga Slough
  • Preparation of a regulatory Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Report document to the Community. A FIS is a book that contains information regarding flooding in a community and is developed in conjunction with the FIRM. The FIS, also known as a flood elevation study, frequently contains a narrative of the flood history of a community and discusses the engineering methods used to develop the FIRM. The study also contains flood profiles for studied flooding sources and can be used to determine Base Flood Elevations for some areas.
  • Preparation of a regulatory Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) map for all panels within the Community which identifies the Community's flood zones, base flood elevations, and floodplain boundaries. This map is used to determine where the purchase of flood insurance is required for properties with federally-backed mortgages. The preliminary FIS and DFIRM’s are scheduled to be released in Winter/Spring 2016.    
  • All of the above datasets will be in the in the North American Vertical Datum of 1988.
  • The State and FEMA will provide guidance, feedback, coordination and technical support throughout the Risk MAP Project Life Cycle.

Status of Project

The project is currently in the production stage. The following table illustrates project status and includes major milestones with dates:

Activity Actual or Projected End Date
Discovery Interview January 25, 2011
Discovery Meeting March 2, 2011
Discovery Report May 2011
Engineering Analysis 2011
Draft Work Maps Completed June 21, 2012
Flood Risk Review Meeting August 28, 2013
DFIRM Preliminary Date June 13, 2014
Community Coordination Meeting and Public Open House September 11, 2014
90-day Appeal Period Start Date December 2014*
90-Day Appeal Period End Date March 2015*
Issue Letter of Final Determination May 2015*
DFIRM Effective Date November 2015*
*All projected dates are subject to revision as the project progresses

Map of Kenai Peninsula Borough Coastal Study Scope

Kenai Peninsula Study Scope Map

 

 

Kenai Peninsula Discovery
(FEMA Region X Workspace)
  Kenai Peninsula Borough
PIN Website
  FEMA Region X
Risk MAP Newsletters

For more information contact:

Sally Russell Cox

State of Alaska Risk MAP Coordinator
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1640, Anchorage, AK 99501-3569
Phone (907) 269-4588 Fax (907)269-4539
Email: sally.cox@alaska.gov


Homer Spit Revision (FEMA Region X Workspace)  FEMA Region X Risk MAP Newsletters

For more information contact:

Sally Russell Cox

Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1640, Anchorage, AK 99501-3569
Phone (907) 269-4588 Fax (907) 269-4539
Email: sally.cox@alaska.gov