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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a floodplain?

A floodplain is any land area susceptible to being inundated by flood waters from any source (floods, dam/reservoir inundation, coastal storm surge, tsunami, etc.).

What is floodplain management?

Floodplain management is a decision-making process that aims to achieve a reduction in the loss of life, disruption, and damage caused by floods; and the preservation and restoration of the natural resources and functions of floodplains.

What is the Floodplain Management Plan?

The Floodplain Management Plan (FMP) is a future-oriented approach to planning in flood risk areas. It's a pre-disaster planning approach that is part of the City's participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, Community Rating System (NFIP/CRS).

Why is the City developing the FMP?

The preparation of the FMP reflects the City's commitment to identify areas of flooding risk and assess the extent of the problem, should a flooding disaster take place. Following this assessment, the FMP outlines activities (goals, objectives, policies and implementation programs) that will be presented to the Mayor and City Council for adoption. Once adopted, the FMP will be implemented to proactively mitigate the effects of flood related damage within the City.

How is the public involved in this process?

The public is an integral part of the planning process. The FMP was prepared under the guidance of a Steering Committee consisting of 23 members, with approximately half governmental and half non-governmental stakeholders.

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