Mission Statement

Improve the quality of life for all citizens of Florence County through excellence in the use of geographic information and technology.

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps

FEMA Prelim. Maps and Flood Insurance Study
Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for communities across South Carolina are being updated as part of a map modernization program initiated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the Department of Homeland Security – Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA). FEMA has issued preliminary FIRMS and a Flood insurance Study (FIS) report that contain proposed flood hazard determination for Florence County. Flood Hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of: Base Flood Elevations (BFEs); flood depths; Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations; or, the regulatory floodway.

Current Projects

Web Enhancements
Improvements are underway! Watch for our change from a single one-stop-shop mapping website to a list of websites that will be customized to meet specific needs. Do you only need to know about property information? Perhaps you only want to know about zoning or other planning functions? Our sites will offer a brief description so you can choose the link that best suits your needs. Also, watch as the GIS Department enhances functionality and improves ease of use in all of our interactive mapping applications. Did you know that you can now view property cards from a simple information search on our mapping website? Ask us how!
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data in Florence. LiDAR lasers collect low altitude, highly accurate terrain data using remote sensing. Uses include elevation contours, digital elevation and hydrologic models. LiDAR will be essential in storm water planning and flood plain mapping. Additional uses include building footprint development, 3-D visualization of buildings, community planning, emergency services support, economic development and others. The primary users of LiDAR data will be engineers. Data is available to the public for free download from state sites. Did you know that Florence County is participating in a pilot project to provide our LiDAR derived hydrographic data to the National Hydrologic Database?
Pictometry Reflight
Florence County, along with 14 other counties in SC, will receive imagery in the winter of 2010/2011. Imagery including high-resolution orthogonal and oblique aerial collection is made possible by a Department of Justice grant for the South Carolina 6th Congressional District. Pictometry will provide the common visual imagery tool to aid counties in jointly managing emergencies. Did you know that Florence County dispatch and emergency services utilize aerial photography to help locate you in an emergency?
Data Verification
GIS data requires maintenance in order that the latest and most up-to-date data is always available. Daily updates are made to parcels and address points while routine updates are made to roads, major points of interest, zoning, municipal boundaries and others as needed. The department works continuously to improve the quality, usability and dependability of our GIS data. Contact the GIS department anytime to find a discrepancy – quality is very important to our department. Did you know that the GIS Department is now adding speed limits to our road file? Speed limits in our database help us more accurately estimate routes for our service vehicles.
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