Flood Hazard Management Planning

The county addresses flood control issues through a comprehensive flood hazard management planning program that incorporates a selection of planning, engineering, and environmental protection measures.

Traditional flood control measures generally refer to engineering projects intended to control flood waters, such as the building of levees and dikes and dredging rivers. Nationwide the current focus is on floodplain management, which refers to the operation of an overall program of preventative measures to reduce flood damage.

Responsibilities

The county's floodplain management actions include:

  • Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • Adoption of floodplain development regulations (see Flood Hazard Areas Bulletin No. 42) that meet NFIP requirements.
  • Participation in an NFIP Incentive Program and Community Rating System (CRS).
  • Preparation of emergency preparedness plans.
  • Preparation of comprehensive flood hazard management plans for the main rivers, which propose actions to minimize future flood damage.

Flood Hazard Management Plans