Flood Plains

Flood Plain or Flood Hazard Regulations are designed to guide development in the flood hazard areas in order to reduce the potential for loss of life and property, and reduce the potential for extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief. Flood plain management regulations are intended to accomplish the following:

  • To prevent unwise development from increasing flood or drainage hazards to others;
  • To protect new buildings and major improvements to buildings from flood damage;
  • To protect human life and health from hazards of flooding;
  • To lessen the burden on the taxpayer for flood control projects, repairs to flood-damaged public facilities and utilities, and flood rescue and relief operations;
  • To maintain property values and a stable tax base by minimizing the potential for creating flood blighted areas; and
  • To make federally subsidized flood insurance available for property by fulfilling the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program.
The Planning and Building Department administers the Flood Hazard Regulations for the jurisdictions in Whitley County. The existing Flood Plain maps can be viewed on the Whitley County GIS Webpage. For more information on the National Flood Insurance Program as well as flood plain construction specifications, see the DNR Website