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Floodplain Management
Craighead County Floodplain Management!
Floodplain management is the operation of a community program of preventive and corrective  
measures to reduce the risk of current and future flooding, resulting in a more resilient  
While FEMA has minimum floodplain management standards for communities participating in  
the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), adopting higher standards will lead to safer,  
stronger, more resilient communities. 
The mission of the Floodplain Office of Craighead County is to provide flood hazard
identification, remediation, regulation, and education to the people in Craighead County so
that they can reduce their risks of injury, death, and property damage due to flooding.
Anywhere it rains, it can flood. The fact that you havenít experienced a flood in the past
doesnít mean you wonít in the future. Flood risk isn't based only on history; it's also based
on factors such as rainfall, river-flow and tidal-surge data, topography, flood-control
measures and changes due to building and development. Knowing your risk and taking action
to reduce it will help you recover more quickly after a flooding event.
To reduce your flood risk, you need to know your level of risk. Flood hazard maps show
different degrees of risk for your community and help determine the cost of flood
insurance. The lower the degree of risk, the lower the flood insurance premium.
To provide a comprehensive Emergency Management program which coordinates people and resources to
protect the lives, property and the environment within Craighead County by using an all hazards approach
of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery for disasters and emergencies.
For more information about Floodplain contact Jan Biggers jbiggers@craigheadcounty.org .