Floodplain Management

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.

Management Program

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.