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FLOODPLAIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Saline County began participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on May 5, 1975. The NFIP, which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 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 100-year floodplain are required to be floodproofed either by elevating the building or designing the building to resist flood damage. The ultimate goals of the program are:

  • to provide (in some cases require) flood insurance to the residents of Saline County;
  • to avoid loss of property and life due to flooding;
  • to retain open spaces and cropland;
  • to mitigate the releasing of pollutants into our watercourses;
  • to allow the natural storm water detention function of the floodplain to be intact.