Information for Governments

Local governments bear many of the direct and indirect costs of flooding including the costs of rescue and relief efforts; clean-up operations; rebuilding public utilities and facilities; tax base declines in flood blight areas; business interruptions and their loss of wages, sales, and production; and the cost of loans for reconstructing damaged facilities. This website is intended to help you find solutions to flood related problems in your community.



Post-Flood Response




Best Practices

Don’t wait for a flood. Start working on reducing your flood problems now and you will be:

  • Alleviating existing flood problems and minimizing future damage
  • Improving your chances of getting funding from outside sources for a variety of flood- and floodplain-related programs
  • Reducing the public expenses that will have to be absorbed in your community’s budget when a flood occurs
  • Helping your community members become more aware of flood hazards. This awareness can translate into actions and support to reduce the risk to individual properties and into better preparedness
  • Reducing your community’s legal liability for failure to act to reduce risks to public health and safety
  • Making your citizens eligible for reduced flood insurance premiums
  • Meeting other community needs, such as recreation and community development.

Addressing Your Community’s Flood Problems: A Guide for Elected Officials. (James M. Wright, Jacquelyn Monday, the Association of State Floodplain Managers, and the Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Taskforce, 1996).