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) 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 current maps.

The City has taken the initiative to hire EMH&T as a consultant to begin its own multi-year flood plain study of Dugan Run.  Mandatory flood insurance through a homeowner's mortgage adds extra financial burden that some would rather do without.  With the addition of larger bridges and extra flow paths in the recent years, the City feels reevaluating the flood plain will be helpful to many residents who are currently in the fringe and may subsequently be subtracted from the flood plain.  In the spring of 2014, EMH&T had aerial photography/topography taken of the area in and around the flood plain throughout Urbana.  By the end of 2015, they were finished with the data collection phase.  The study resumed in 2016 with the computer modeling phase.  In 2017, the City through EMH&T will finish the project by submitting paperwork to FEMA for map revisions.  Official map amendments should be released sometime in 2018.

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