Flood Zone and Evacuation Zone are NOT the same thing.
Surge zone is for evacuations.
Flood zone is for flood insurance ratings and some building code requirements.
When a hurricane is approaching, it's time to know your SURGE zone. For more information, go to https://www.leegov.com/dcd/Documents/FloodMapping/FEMAFloodZones/FloodZoneVSEvac.pdf
"100 year flood" MISCONCEPTION
You may have heard the term “100-Year Flood Zone” and think “A flood like that only
happens once in every one hundred years.” Unfortunately, that is an old adage and is
untrue. The SFHA (Special Flood Hazard Area) is an area that has a one-percent
chance, or a one-in-one hundred chance, of a flood happening in any given year. That
means a “One Hundred Year Flood” could happen this year, and again next year. It has
nothing to do with calendar years. The term “100-year flood” is now referred to as the
“1% annual chance” flood
KNOW YOUR FLOOD HAZARD
Learn your flood hazard, flood zone and map information by going to:
On this webpage, you can also:
Learn about historic flooding in Lee County in FEMA's 2008 Flood Insurance Rate Study and 2014 Coastal Discovery Report.
Look up your flood zone. http://leegis.leegov.com/floodzone
Download or print flood maps and a handout about the Mandatory Requirement for Flood Insurance. Flood zones which begin with an "A" or a "V" require flood insurance if the property is mortgaged.
Obtain flood maps and FEMA Elevation Certificates from your community's building or community development department:
Bonita Springs: 239-444-6150
Cape Coral: 239-574-0553
Fort Myers: 239-321-7000
Fort Myers Beach: 239-768-0202
Unincorporated Lee County: 239-533-8948 (email: