State of Nebraska
Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan
Finalized July 1, 2022, the Plan presents new analysis and flood mitigation actions for the State of Nebraska. Updated because of the devastating 2019 floods and developed under the provisions of Nebraska Revised Statute §61-225 through §61-229, this document contains a wealth of information which local communities may use to advance their flood mitigation efforts.
Please use the plan as you consider ways to make your communities more resilient to flood hazards and develop your own local hazard mitigation plans. Inside you will find valuable information for your jurisdictions, such as:
- Historic Flood Events Organized by River Basin. It is important to maintain a community’s memory of past events so that flood threats are not forgotten, and actions are taken to protect lives and reduce repeated damage. This section canvasses the state and narrates flood scopes and impacts from decades previous.
- Risk Statistics. The plan contains a wealth of data detailing the following and more: annualized flood frequencies per county; flood insurance claim counts and quantities; numbers of repetitive loss properties; and values and quantities of assets at risk of flooding. Assets considered include: crops, buildings, infrastructure, populations, and more.
- Mitigation Ideas and Resources. Looking for ideas as to how to mitigate flood losses? The plan includes 50 new mitigation measures that your jurisdiction can consider implementing. In the appendix you’ll find project sheets describing in detail a selection of key mitigation action topics such as stormwater best management practices, low impact development, flood hazard education, and floodplain acquisition. The plan also provides a scoring matrix by which your community can prioritize which mitigation measures to implement first.
- Funding and Service Providers. Various financial resources from multiple entities are described in detail. Profiles of the many services available from state and federal agencies are also provided.
The Plan benefits Nebraskans 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.
Please note that the Plan supersedes the following hazards previously detailed in the 2021 Nebraska State Hazard Mitigation Plan: flood/flash flood, dam failure, and levee failure.
For details and records of plan development meetings held during the planning process, expand the following menus:
Monthly Project Updates
April 26 - 28, 2022: Second Round of Public Meetings
April 12, 2022: PDC Meeting 6
February 8, 2022: PDC Meeting 5
December 14, 2021: PDC Meeting 4
October 12, 2021: PDC Meeting 3
July 13, 2021: Plan Development Committee (PDC) Kick-Off Meeting
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.
- Notice of Public Meetings (Published on website April 29, 2021, for State Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan meetings to be held June 1-3, 2021.)
- Agenda - June 1, 2021 (Published on website May 7, 2021)
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.
Additional project information may be obtained by contacting Adele Phillips at (402) 471-9252 or emailing Adele.Phillips@Nebraska.gov