The City of Deerfield Beach Environmental Services team would like to advise residents of the Veleiros community that the long-awaited Letter of Map Revision will be effective on May 16, 2022. This Letter of Map Revision removes Crystal Lake’s Veleiros community from the Special Flood Hazard Area to a Zone X, which means Area of Minimal Flood Hazard. Once this becomes effective, flood insurance will no longer be mandatory since the Veleiros community was elevated above the 100-year base flood elevation. After May 16, flood insurance will no longer be mandatory for the Veleiros community. However, if anyone wishes to carry flood insurance, it may be purchased at a preferred Zone X rate.
For all other City residents in a Special Flood Hazard Area, flood insurance is mandatory with a federally backed mortgage. If a homeowner believes their property has been wrongly mapped in a Special Flood Hazard Area, you can contact the City to submit a request to FEMA for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) on your behalf. A LOMA is an official letter to an effective FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) which will remove your residence from the Special Flood Hazard Area.
Residents with inquiries should contact Suzanne Horvath in the Engineering Division of Environmental Services to check flood zone status and determine if they qualify for a LOMA letter of removal at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your property address in the email and a current Elevation Certificate (2014 or later) so a removal determination can be made.
For additional information, Environmental Services at 954-480-4273.