What is a floodplain?
A floodplain is the area adjacent to a river, creek, lake, reservoir, stream or other waterway that is subject to flooding when there is a significant run-off event.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on specific floodplain information.
- Learn what to do before, during, and after a flood.
- What to do after a flood.
- 2012 Biggert-Waters Reform Act
- Changes in Insurance Rates
- FEMA Map Service Center
- Flood Insurance 101
- Grandfathering Fact Sheets
- Historic Flood Maps
- Homeowners’s Guide to Retrofitting
- Homeowner’s Guide to Elevation Certificates
- How to Make a FIRMette
- How to Request a LOMA or LOMR-F
- Know Your Risk
- LOMA – Out as Shown Instructions
- Understanding Zone D
- What to Know, What to Do
- Your Homeowner’s Insurance Does NOT Cover Floods
Most Homeowner’s insurance does NOT cover flood damage. Go to www.floodsmart.gov and fill out the red form “How can I get covered?” to rate your flood risk, estimate premiums, and find an agent
Resources and Links
- FEMA Map Center
- Idaho Dept of Water Resources – Floodplain
- Idaho Dept of Water Resources – Interactive Flood Hazard Map
- Valley County Floodplain Ordinance
- Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors - Roster
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation – Cascade Dam
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation - water flow monitoring
Community Rating System
The Community Rating System (CRS) is an incentive program that encourages communities to adopt floodplain management activities exceeding the minimum National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements. CRS goals are to:
- Reduce flood losses.
- Facilitate accurate insurance ratings.
- Promote the awareness of flood insurance.
In return for a community’s adoption of standards that go above and beyond the minimum NFIP requirements, flood insurance premium rates for residents within the participating community are discounted. The discounts are designed to reflect the reduced flood risk to property owners resulting from the community’s floodplain management activities, and the amount of the discount varies according to the community’s level of effort.
Valley County’s rating is a 7.
Planning & Zoning Administrator and Floodplain Coordinator
Cynda Herrick, AICP, CFM0
Phone: (208) 382-7115
Fax: (208) 382-7119
- Ed Allen
- Rob Garrison
- Bryan Cooley
- Scott Freeman
- Johanna Defoort
219 North Main Street PO Box 1350 Cascade, ID 83611