How can a property owner determine if the property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)?
FEMA publishes Flood Insurance Rate Maps, which show the flood hazard areas in communities. The Flood Insurance Rate Map for the county is on file with the Department of Environmental Resources (DER) and many insurance companies. In addition to the Flood Insurance Rate Map, DER has done a number of watershed studies covering most of Prince George's County. The Flood Insurance Rate Map and local floodplain maps can be viewed by the public at the DER offices in Largo. In addition, local residents and business owners can call the Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-883-5777 to request floodplain information about their particular property.

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1. My mortgage company informed me that I am in a designated Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). What is a SFHA?
2. Why is my lender requiring the purchase of flood insurance?
3. How can a property owner determine if the property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)?
4. What if I disagree with my lender's determination that I am in the flood zone?
5. Who can purchase a flood insurance policy?