The Floodplain Management and Hazard Mitigation Department strives to lessen the risk of flooding and implement long-term actions now to reduce the loss of life and property from the impacts of future disasters in Rapides Parish.
We provide the following services:
• Flood Zone Determinations and Flood Map Inquiries
• Education and Outreach for Natural Hazards
• Guidance on Various Mitigation Methods
• Oversight of Hazard Mitigation Assistant (HMA) Programs
• Rapides Parish’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
• Floodplain Solicitation of Views
• Elevation Certificate and Flood Insurance Declarations Page Analysis
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 community. These measures take a variety of forms, and generally include requirements for zoning, subdivision or development, building codes and special-purpose floodplain ordinances.
Rapides Parish adopted the Chapter 10 1/2 - Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to reduce future flood damages. Since the Parish became a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), citizens have the availability to purchase flood insurance and receive federal funds when a disaster strikes (hurricane, flooding, tornado, etc) In return, the Parish must regulate development within the Parish when property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). You may not know this, but 30% of Rapides Parish is located in a high-risk flood hazard area.
State and federal agencies, local communities and property owners have a role in reducing flood risk and helping communities become more resilient. From states providing strong model ordinances, to communities adopting and enforcing higher-standard building practices, to property owners elevating their homes, everyone can play a part in making communities safer and more resistant to flood disasters.
What is Floodplain Management?
Is my property located in a Flood Zone?
All properties are located in a flood zone. The difference is “Are you in a low risk zone or a high risk zone? Contact your floodplain administrator for guidance.
Interactive Flood Zone Maps:
RAPC Online Map - Disclaimer - While the floodplain data that is shown on this map is the same, this map is not an official FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). This Interactive Mapping Tool is not intended for insurance rating purposes and is for information only. Locating property on the Aerial/Roads Hybrid view is more accurate than geocoding the address. Please contact your local floodplain administrator for more information or to view an official copy of the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).
I heard Rapides Parish has a new Flood Insurance Rate Map, Is that true?
Rapides Parish has Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps that can be used for planning but are not used for insurance rating purposes.
How do I obtain an elevation certificate for my property?
Elevation certificates can only be completed by a licensed land surveyor, engineer, or architect. Elevation certificates are necessary to determine the height measurements of the structure meet the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) when building or mitigating a residential or commercial structure. Completed certificates should be on file at the Rapides Area Planning Commission if such structures was built after 1992. If there is no Elevation Certificate on file for your property, you may want to reach out to a licensed land surveyor, engineer, or architect to request a new Elevation Certificate. There is a fee associated with getting a new certificate.
If I disagree with my lender’s determination that I am in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) What can I do?
Depending on the specific circumstances, you may apply for a Letter of Determination Review (LODR), a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or a Letter of Map Revision Based on Fill (LOMR-F).
Who do I contact if I have questions above my Flood Insurance Policy?
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Policyholders who have questions about their flood insurance policy or the claims process as well as disaster survivors who have general questions about the NFIP can contact the NFIP Technical Support Hotline -at 1-800-427-4661
When calling, please have the following information available:
Contact information (name, telephone number or email address, if applicable)
• Policy number
• Name of flood insurance carrier
• The nature of your request
I received a notification letter from FEMA that they have reviewed my property’s flood risk. What does it mean?
Cost of Flood: FEMA Letters to Policyholders - Section 28,Clear Communication of Risk, within the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014* (HFIAA) requires FEMA to clearly communicate true flood risk to individual property owners. To meet this requirement, FEMA is writing to all National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders to explain their current policy rating and discuss how and when Elevation Certificates can be useful. Because policies are not all rated the same and information varies, the letter encourages each policyholder to contact his or her insurance agent or company to discuss the letter and their specific insurance rating options.
Links and Resources
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Did You Know?
Special Flood Hazard
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