Floodplain Management

The current Floodplain Administrator for Lincoln County is Cody McDonell.

Floodplain management refers to the practices and regulations that work together to ensure that the integrity of the floodplain is maintained. Floodplains serve an important natural function for large-scale drainage and environmental benefits. A floodplain refers to the land that is adjacent to rivers or streams that is inundated with water from time to time. It includes the floodway and the flood fringe areas.

In most instances, the term floodplain is used to casually refer to the regulated floodplain as determined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The FEMA regulatory floodplain is developed through the processing of scientific data with flood modeling software.

Lincoln County's floodplain, in most instances, identifies a floodway, a 1%-chance-per-year flood zone and a 0.02%-chance-per-year flood. You may never encounter a flood over the year or even over a period of several years. Conversely, you might encounter several floods within a single year. Still, the probability for having such a flood within a year remains the same.

Floodplain Management is Required

Floodplain management is required by federal and State of Oklahoma laws and primarily supports risk reduction associated with the hazards of flooding. Lincoln County's flood prevention ordinance regulates development within the floodplain to ensure it is completed in such a manner that will not create adverse impacts for the current property owners and for those on neighboring properties.

Lincoln County also participates in the National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP) and the Community Rating System (CRS). As an NFIP community, citizens may obtain NFIP flood insurance policies for protection.

Oklahoma Flood Plan

In the wake of historic flooding, the 2020 Oklahoma legislature passed Senate Bill 1269 to create Oklahoma's first statewide flood planning initiative. The Oklahoma Flood Plan, integrated with the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP), will raise awareness and motivate actions to reduce flood risk. At the community level, the plan will identify mitigation projects and provide a foundational structure for initiating and coordinating successful floodplain management programs.

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