Flood Information and High Water Marks

The National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures.

coastal flooding

The Town of York wants to ensure all our citizens and visitors are fully aware of the hazards related to flooding

Preliminary Flood Maps


As a coastal community we do experience flooding given the right set of circumstances.  It’s important to know that street flooding from pooling water is also common in our area, and we want everyone to be aware of the risks of all types of floods and know what action to take in the event of a flood.

Before any construction or other development begins within any areas of special flood hazard areas, a Flood Hazard Development Permit shall be obtained from the Code Enforcement Officer. This permit shall be in addition to any other permits, which may be required pursuant to the
codes and ordinances of the Town.

Floodplain Management Ordinance

Floodplain Management Ordinance

•FEMA has published a notice of the proposed flood hazard determinations in the Federal Register and will publish a public notification concerning the appeal process in the York Weekly on or about July 25, 2018 and August 1, 2018. These proposed flood hazard determinations, will become the basis for the floodplain management measures that the Town will adopt to remain qualified for participation in the national Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
•A 90-day appeal period for the community and citizens begins August 1 and ends on October 29, 2018. All appeals must be submitted prior to the end of the 90-day appeal period to the Town to be forwarded to FEMA for review.
York Appeal Period of FEMA Maps

Criteria for Appeal

FEMA Notice

Scientific Resolution Panels

 Federal Register Posting

flood insurance

High Water Mark Initiative:  Maine experienced a 1-percent annual coastal storm event in February 1978 that resulted in significant damage to public and private infrastructure due to coastal flooding, tidal surge, and high winds.  The USGS has surveyed and cataloged approximately 100 high water marks (HWMs).  As part of this pilot project, only two communities in Maine have been chosen:  York and Portland.  

We will be posting HWM signage to identify the location and height of the February 1978 storm event around York.  The following locations have been chosen:  Cape Neddick beach, York Beach Fire Department, Long Beach Bath House, and the Town dock.  More information will be available as we get closer to putting the signs up.  

Maine Floodplain Management Program:  Silver Jackets

The participating agencies include:  FEMA, USACE, NOAA, USDA, and USGS.  

This portion of our website is designed to bring our community members important flood information pertinent to York.  Please take some time to read through these topics, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.