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FEMA Flood Map Symbology

November 02 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: Symbology

Is there something in the way of layer file or symbols what use the symbology as shown on this URL?

Mapping Center Answer:

What Esri has in the way of water symbols is contained in the "Water and" file in ArcGIS. None of the ones in the PDF you provided are a match. But the symbols are simple enough that you could make them if you needed to.

The symbology that you are using as a sample is a series that according to the FEMA site, was retired from FEMA in 2008.The symbols were created by and used in the datasets which FEMA hosts on their site. Currently, FEMA provides access to the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) as GIS data in Esri Compatible Shapefiles. Take a look at the new services that the government agency provides at NFHL. First visit the FEMA home site and then look for the NFHL GIS Data. A PDF document of interest may be the one called nfhl_intro_june2010(1).pdf.

Better yet, make sure to see Flood Map Desktop (FMD) -- the standard one is free. It is a download that may provide you with the tools you need to make your flood maps, but you would have to check it out.

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