From 2013 to 2014, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began a cooperative effort to get a number of locally developed Flood Hazard Area Delineation (FHAD) studies incorporated into the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). A Risk Mapping Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) project that used the Physical Map Revision (PMR) process would revise the FIRMs. The FHADs had been produced to identify and update flood risk potential and floodplain boundaries.
The 8-Floodplain Study region consists of eight drainage basins that include the following streams:
- Happy Canyon Creek
- Badger Gulch
- Green Acres Tributary
- Sand Creek (Colfax to Yale)
- Lower Coal Creek (Downstream of Yale)
- Lower Murphy Creek (Downstream of Alameda)
- Senac Creek (Downstream of Aurora Reservoir)
- Toll Gate Creek
- Lower East Toll Gate Creek (Downstream of Hampden)
- West Toll Gate Creek
- Unnamed Creek
- Cherry Creek (Downstream of Cherry Creek Dam)
- Littles Creek
- Marston Lake North Drainageway
Getting the FHAD information on the FIRMs help residents and business owners make informed decisions about personal safety and protecting financial assets. Having current flood mapping also allows community planners, local officials, engineers, builders and others to make determinations about where and how new structures, subdivisions, developments, and redevelopments should be built to reduce risk of flood damage.
Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for the 8-Floodplain Study PMR project are now available.
Here is a list of materials that can help you learn more about the studies and their potential impact on your property. You can also view proposed flood mapping changes with this link.
FHAD to FIRM FAQs
Provides information on how FHADs are developed, how FHAD data gets incorporated into the FEMA FIRM, and how the revised FIRM affects property owners and local regulations.
Property Insurance Fact Sheet
Provides information about common insurance scenarios property owners may experience when a new FIRM becomes effective and how to reduce insurance rates.
Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) versus Appeal fact sheet
Provides information on these processes for changing preliminary FIRM information, and when to use a LOMR versus an Appeal process.
Renters Insurance Fact Sheet
Provides information about insurance options available for non-owner occupied structures when a new FIRM becomes effective and how to reduce insurance rates.
Estimate Project Timeline (subject to change)
Have more questions?
Your community Floodplain Administrator is the best source of information about flood risk.
Mr. Chuck Haskins
Mr. Bill McCormick
Ms. Stacey Thompson
Mr. Jeremy Hamer
Mr. Brad Robenstein
Mr. Josh Bertrand
Mr. Fred Bromberger
Mr. Greg Weeks
Mr. Tom Williams