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Floodplain Information

Rob Richardson, Director
701 N. 7 Street, Suite 423
Phone: 913-573-5750
Fax: 913-573-5796


Trey Maevers

Department of Urban Planning and Land Use - Annex
4953 State Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66102
Phone: 913-573-8664 phone
Fax: 913-573-8622


Office Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm  


Floodplain Maps Update  

Current Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) were adopted February 5, 2014. They can be viewed online at FEMA Map Service Center. On the FEMA Map Service Center website, you can access current and historical FIRM maps and Flood Insurance Studies (FIS) online.   

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is nearing completion of updates to the floodplain maps, also known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). Preliminary FIRMs are under review for Wyandotte County. The new Flood Insurance Rate Maps reflect updates to Wolf Creek, Brenner Heights Creek, Little Turkey Creek, and Betts Creek. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, is hosted a public information open house regarding the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps for residents of Wyandotte County and its communities. July 29th from 4:00—7:00pm at the Edwardsville Community Center located at 696 South 3rd Street, Edwardsville, Kansas. Resources staff and mapping consultants were on hand at the open house to answer your questions.   

The new flood maps are set to take effect in 2015. Flood maps affect how private insurers assess risk to flooding of property, and thus could affect how much money property owners are charged for flood insurance. Some properties in Wyandotte County will be phased out of the areas marked as the flood hazard areas based on better and more reliable data, however, a few properties not previously in the flood hazard area have been added into the flood hazard area. This determination was made by FEMA. Hard copies of the preliminary maps are available for viewing. Questions on the appeal process and timeline can be directed to the Department of Water Resources, Dane Bailey, (785) 296-7769.


There have been a number of memorable flood events within Wyandotte County. The 1951 flood was the result of a deluge of epic proportions. It had been wet all spring and early summer in Kansas, and the rivers were running full. A series of monster storms, beginning July 9th and ending July 13th, left more than a foot of rainfall over much of eastern Kansas. The great flood of 1993 constituted the most costly and devastating flood to ravage the United States in modern history. Levees were broken, farmland, town, and transportation routes were destroyed, thousands of people were forced to abandon their homes, and 47 people died as a direct result of the flood. June 2011 flood had two levee breaches and impending interstate closings.    

Please select one of the following links below for more information.   

Additional Resources 




What Do Floodplains Do for Us?  

  • Naturally store and convey floodwaters.
  • Maintain water quality.
  • Recharge groundwater aquifers and naturally regulate flows into rivers and lakes.
  • Support large and diverse populations of plants and animals.
  • provide historical, scientific, recreational, and economic benefits to communities. 

Drainage Information The Public Works Department can assist with any drainage information or questions and concerns. Please call the 311 Call Center at 913-573-5311 and provide the location and detail of question or complaint. 

    Development/Construction Within a 100 year Floodplain or Floodway Requires Review and a Permit

Residential or commercial construction (new, addition, or fill) within a 100 year floodplain or floodway requires review and permits from Urban Planning and Land Use, Building Inspections Department and/or the Development Review Committee (DRC). Development is defined as: any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate, including but not limited to buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations or storage of equipment or materials located within the area of special flood hazard.

The following shall be required during the permit review and construction phases of the project:  

  • Detailed plot plan/site plan designed by a Kansas licensed surveyor, architect, and/or engineer showing current and proposed site conditions, utility lines, utility easements, right-of way, grades and designated base flood elevation (2 foot intervals), finish floor elevation, FIRM map panel number and year, and any documentation of Federal Emergency Management Agency related documents required for the review of the project (supporting documents such as a Letter of Map Change (LOMC).

Survey Example

  During construction a certificate of elevation shall be provided at the rough-in phase. No rough-in inspections will be allowed until the certificate of elevations is reviewed and approved by the Floodplain Administrator or his/her designate. If required, certification for flood proofing, wet flood proofing, and/or a no-rise certificate may be required.

  • At the time of a temporary (TCO) or final certificate of occupancy (CO) a final certificate of elevation shall be submitted for review and shall be approved by the Floodplain Administrator or his/her designate before a TCO or CO can be issued.
  • Any supportive documents for the project such as a LOMC shall be provided for review.

FEMA Publications

Below is a list of FEMA publications available with the Building Inspections office at 4601 State Avenue, Suite 88. Additional publications are available on FEMA's website.

  • NFIP Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance Guidelines
  • NFIP Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage
  • Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House
  • NFIP Answers to Questions About Substantially Damaged Buildings
  • Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting
  • Flood Insurance Claims Handbook
  • Flood Insurance Claims Handbook in Spanish  
  • Answers to Questions about the NFIP
  • Repairing Your Flooded Home
  • Elevated Residential Structures
  • Floodproofing Nonresidential Structures
  • Homeowners Guide to Retrofitting
  • No Adverse Impact: A Toolkit for Common Sense Floodplain Management
  • Reducing Losses in High Risk Flood Area
  • Using Multi-Objective Management to Reduce Flood Losses in Your Watershed


FEMA Map Service offers the most recent FIRM maps. The map associated with a property may be found using the Map Search feature.  If you need assistance with this tool, please contact the MSC Customer Service Department at (877) 336-2627.  If you need to access community wide maps, use the latest available flood maps search method in the Product Catalog  

Certificate of elevations and Letter of Map Amendments are retained with our office and are available by request. Hard copies of the current FIRM maps are available by appointment at (913) 573-8664 and can be ordered through FEMA Map Service: 

  • Order Online
    To order online use this website.  For assistance, select the help button above or call the MSC at:
    (877) 336-2627.
  • Order By Phone
    To order by phone, call the Map Service Center toll-free Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at: (877) 336-2627.
  • Order By Fax
    To order by Fax, print a copy of the MSC Order Form.   Fill out the order form and fax it to the MSC.
    The MSC Fax order line is: (800) 358-9620.
  • Order By Mail
    To order by mail, print a copy of the MSC Order Form.   Fill out the order form and mail it to the MSC at the address below:  
          FEMA Map Service Center
          P.O. Box 1038
          Jessup, MD 20794-1038






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