Flood Information and High Water Marks

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

Use the FEMA Mapping website to look up locations in the United States to see what the flood maps cover!

coastal flooding

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

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.

High Water Mark Initiative

Silver Jackets Story Map

Maine experienced a 1-percent annual coastal storm event in February 1978 that resulted in $20,693,181 of damage to public and private infrastructure due to coastal flooding, tidal surge, and high winds. After the event, USGS surveyed and cataloged approximately 100 high water marks (HWMs) that have not been revisited since to determine status. The big picture is to locate and determine status and validate accuracy of existing HWMs, re-survey and/or re-establish better locations when appropriate, and photograph and provide survey data through out the State. The Maine SJ team decided to do a "Pilot Project" of two communities (York, ME and Portland, ME).

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 Cover

How to print a flood map of your property:  "FIRMettes"

FEMA's Map Service Center

Sample FIRMette

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.