Floodplain Mapping

Douglas County has developed an interactive mapping system that allows users to access preliminary floodplain information online and locate their property to see if their is floodplain on the property and if there was a change since it was last delineated.

Converting floodplain maps to a digital format is one more step towards FEMA’s goal to acquire better more accurate mapping. It does not address all the flaws in existing maps. However, it will make the maps easier to change in the future and reduce the costs of printing new maps in the long term. Processing Douglas County's floodplain maps to a digital format for distribution in electronic media and made available on the internet will increase availability to more people than ever before.

To use the GIS map viewer, you will need to access the website, Douglas County's floodplain maps  .  Follow the user's guide and it will instruct you on how to use the GIS mapping system.

Flood Zone Determination

Information regarding Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) flood zone determinations in unincorporated areas is available from the County's GIS mapping system.  Also, you may access the flood zone maps through the FEMA Map Service Center.  You do not need an account to get flood zone information - just type in your address on the left-side of the page under "Product Search". On the next page, click "View" to get the flood map of the area.  Additionally, structures located in the SFHA may have an Elevation Certificate completed if it was built after a SFHA designation.  This information is also available at the Douglas County's Zoning & Codes department.

If you are not sure if your property is located in a FEMA designated SFHA (1% or 100-year floodplain), you may request a written determination.  You may complete the Flood Zone Information Request Form and submit it to the Zoning & Codes Department, as instructed on the form, or contact us at 785.331.1343.

Another resource for GIS mapping system is located with the State of Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Water Resources.  There is a tutorial on this website to help you navigate around the State of Kansas GIS Floodplain Mapping system. The State's mapping system keeps records of all approved Letter of Map Changes and Letter of Map Amendments.

 

This is a map of Douglas County depicting parcels with floodplain and floodway areas.

Information for Residential Owners/Renters and Small Businesses

Flood Zone Information

  • If you are not sure if your property is located in a FEMA designated Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), you may request a written determination.  You may complete the online "Flood Zone Information Request Form" and submit it to the Douglas County Zoning & Codes Department or contact us at 785.331.1343.

If you wish to make your own determination, you can view FEMA flood hazard maps online at the FEMA Map Service Center.  You do not need an account to get flood zone information - just type in your address on the left side of the page under "Product Search".  On the next page, click "View" to get the flood map of the area.

Flood Insurance

  • Homeowner's policies do not cover flood damage.
  • All property owners and renters in Douglas County can buy flood insurance.
  • Homes and businesses in low-to-moderate risk flood areas may be eligible for low-cost Preferred Risk Policies.
  • Insurance for building and contents or contents only is available.
  • If your property is located with a FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area, federal law requires that a flood insurance policy be obtained as a condition of a federally backed mortgage or loan that is secured by the structure.  It is up to the mortgage lender to determine whether flood insurance is required for a property.
  • Douglas County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) .  The NFIP makes federally backed flood insurance available to homeowners, renters and business owners in our community.  If you do not have flood insurance, contact your property/casualty agent or broker about flood insurance eligibility, rates and coverage.
  • Homeowner's insurance policies do not cover damage from floods. Don't wait for the next flood to buy insurance protection.  There is a 30 day waiting period before National Flood Insurance coverage takes effect.
  • Up to a total of $1 million in flood insurance coverage is available for non-residential buildings and contents.
  • To learn more about the National  Flood Insurance Program, visit Floodsmart.gov.