Floodplain management describes a program of preventive and corrective actions taken to reduce the risk of current and future flooding. We are tied to our land and our property. Our homes are not just structures for shelter, but storehouses of memories. After a hurricane or flood disaster, the urge to rebuild — on the same spot, in the same location — is very strong. It pulls us and convinces us that we can outsmart Mother Nature.
Unfortunately, sometimes rebuilding in place is just not the best or the safest option.
Floodplain management deals with zoning laws, building codes, and special ordinances. Additionally, there are minimum floodplain management thresholds for communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), including building new or improved residences above the minimum floodplain level, floodproofing existing structures, and preventing construction in floodplains.
These resources also apply to high velocity wind, storm surge, and high waves in addition to floodplains.
As one of FEMA’s most successful programs, it has been proven to substantially reduce the number of and amount of losses resulting from hurricanes, storms, and other major weather events.
Hagerty is extensive experience with floodplain management initiatives, their nuances, and how to maximize a jurisdiction’s grant allocation. Our work on the Hurricane Katrina recovery and the Hurricane Sandy recovery both involve floodplain management. Read more here.