What is a floodplain?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines a floodplain as a land area that is susceptible to being inundated by water from any source.

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1. What is a floodplain?
2. What is a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)?
3. What is a Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?
4. How do I know if I'm in a flood zone?