Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan
Provided under the provisions of Nebraska Revised Statute §61-228, the State Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan will identify cost-effective flood mitigation strategies to reduce the disruption of lives and livelihoods and prioritize making Nebraska communities more resilient and identify opportunities to implement flood hazard mitigation strategies that reduce the impact of flood events. The plan development process will work to improve knowledge and understanding of available recovery resources while identifying potential gaps in current disaster program delivery and identify potential funding sources that can be used to improve the resilience of the state through flood mitigation and post-flood disaster recovery.
The Statewide Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan development process will benefit Nebraskans and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources in the following ways:
Increase understanding of Nebraska's flood risks,
Incorporate Nebraskans' concerns into future planning,
Give local communities a plan to build upon, and
Position Nebraska and its communities for more funding.
Key Schedule Milestones
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DRAFT Sections for review will be available for comment until October 29, 2021. Please download and complete the Reviewer Comment Form and send to Adele.Phillips@Nebraska.gov by aforementioned deadline.
Commenting for the following draft sections has been closed:
- Flood History
- Planning Process
- Federal Funding Sources
- What We've Learned from the Past
- Plan Maintenance Process
June 1 - 3, 2021: First Round Public Meetings
Public Hearing and Open Houses
Events were held across the State of Nebraska during the first week of June 2021. The purpose of open houses was to collect public input related to impacts from historic flooding that occurred in 2019, such as comments on: impacts, repairs and improvements that have been made since the flood; and recovery efforts including reimbursement. It was an opportunity for citizens to learn about resources related to floodplain regulations, and gain a better understanding of oversight at the local, state and federal level. Information collected will provide a baseline for the plan which will be developed over the next 12 months. A second series of open houses will be held in April 2022.
Story Map Online Meeting
As part of the update to the Nebraska State Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR) invited public input via a self-guided, interactive story map. In the story map one could:
Explore an interactive map showing impacts from 2019 flooding,
Leave comments on the interactive map,
Participate in 2 brief surveys about flooding and how we can better serve the public, and
Learn about the State Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan project.