Saline County began participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on May 5, 1975. The NFIP provides flood insurance at reasonable costs to homeowners and businesses in participating governmental jurisdictions. As part of the program , Saline County adopted and enforces development standards within the 100-year floodplain. Most structures built or substantially improved within the floodplain are required to be flood proofed either by elevating the building or designing the building to resist flood damage. The ultimate goals of the program are to:
- Make flood insurance available to the residents of Saline County
- Avoid loss of property and life due to flooding
- Retain open spaces and cropland
- Mitigate the releasing of pollutants into our watercourses
- Allow the natural storm water detention function of the floodplain to be intact
Because flooding is a sensitive issue affecting the safety of you, your neighbors, and rescue efforts a permit is required for any building or the addition of fill dirt. Please contact the Planning Office to let us help you through the process and provide options for the safest and most cost effective plan before you start any work in a floodplain.
The official floodplain maps are located in the Planning Office and also available online through the FEMA Map Service Center.
Saline County GIS Interactive Floodplain Map. Best viewed with Firefox or Chrome
Removing Your Property from the Floodplain
If you believe your property is naturally above the floodplain you may hire a surveyor to complete a Letter Of Map Amendment (LOMA) and file it with FEMA. Saline County will help where possible, but the final approval must be made by FEMA.
If you want to add or have added fill to raise your property above the floodplain you may hire a surveyor to complete a Letter Of Map Revision (LOMR) and file it with FEMA. Saline County must sign to indicate the property is reasonably safe from flooding. All permits and appropriate floodplain protections must be completed for Saline County to sign.
State Fill Permits
The State of Kansas requires fill permits for anything over one foot on average. Please contact the State Division of Water Resources for more information on these permits at this link.