Floodplain Definition A floodplain is the area adjoining a waterway that may be covered by floodwater during a flood. Stormwater runoff and flood events may cause alterations in the floodplain in certain areas.
Floodplain management is a program that uses corrective and preventative measures to reduce flood and erosion damage and preserve natural habitat and wildlife resources in flood prone areas. Some of these measures include:
Adopting and administering floodplain regulations
Resolving drainage complaints
Protecting riparian habitat communities
Assuring effective maintenance
Operation of flood control works
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Tennessee is located within Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IV.