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Flood Plain Management

Floods are the most common of all hazards in the City of Indianapolis and throughout the U.S. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. All floods are not alike. Some floods develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes.

To protect the citizens of Marion County and reduce flood-related losses, the City of Indianapolis participates in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The City has been a member in the NFIP since 1984. Through the NFIP, the City implements wise floodplain management practices and property owners are able to insure against flood losses.

This webpage was developed to provide valuable information to the Indianapolis community on the local flood hazard, the NFIP, flood control ordinance and flood mapping, and flood safety.