Flood Plain Mapping Update Information

Flooding is the most frequent and costly natural disaster in the City of Urbana. The risk of flooding changes over time due to erosion, land use, weather events and other factors. This risk can vary within the same neighborhood and from property to property. As the county’s flooding in 2008 illustrated, flooding occurs not only in high-risk areas, but in low- to moderate-risk areas as well.  Knowing your flood risk is the first step to flood protection.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently completed a multi-year project aimed at re-examining Urbana’s flood zones and developing detailed, digital flood hazard maps. As a result, you and other property owners throughout your community will have up-to-date, internet-accessible information about your flood risk, on a property-by-property basis.

Some properties that were identified previously in a flood hazard area have been removed, while others that were not previously in a flood hazard area have been identified. Please feel free to visit our office and view the new maps and we can discuss the map changes and how they may impact you.

The following links will take you to information related to flood plains and to FEMA's website for the most up-to-date flood hazard areas. As always, please contact the engineering office at your convenience.

Understanding Your Flood Risk

Flood Insurance Grandfather Rules

FEMA Map Service Center