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Flood Plain Management Services: Wisconsin

Published March 16, 2017
Updated: Nov. 23, 2020
Purpose
This program is to educate individuals who live and work in floodplains on flood hazards and the actions they can take to reduce property damage and prevent the loss of life. The program’s objective is to foster public understanding of the options for dealing with flood hazards and to promote prudent use and management of the Nation’s floodplains.
 
Location
Projects in the Flood Plain Management Services (FPMS) program occur throughout Wisconsin.
 
Description
The FPMS program provides the full range of technical services and planning guidance that is needed to support effective floodplain management. The most common types of studies are floodplain delineation, flood hazard evaluation, dam break analysis, hurricane evacuation, flood warning and preparedness, regulatory floodway analysis, comprehensive floodplain management, flood risk reduction, urbanization impacts, storm water management, flood proofing and inventory of flood-prone structures. The program also provides assistance for conducting workshops and seminars on nonstructural floodplain management measures such as flood proofing.
 
Status
New studies initiated in fiscal year 2019 included a comprehensive floodplain management plan for the city of La Crosse, countywide flood risk management plans for Trempealeau and Juneau counties, and the continuation of a multi-year statewide flood inundation mapping program in Wisconsin funded through the Silver Jackets program. The first river reach in progress for flood inundation mapping is the Baraboo River near Baraboo. The Trempealeau River at Arcadia was initiated in fiscal year 2019. Baraboo and Arcadia will be completed in fiscal year 2021. Potential studies yet to be funded have been requested for Wood and Adams counties, Shelby Township, Viola and Reedsburg. 
 
Authority
The Flood Plain Management Services program is authorized by Section 206 of the Flood Control Act of 1960 (PL 86‒645), as amended.
 
Funding
     Baraboo Flood Inundation Mapping       $110,000
     La Crosse Floodplain Mgt Plan                 $100,000
     Trempealeau County Study                        $80,000
     Juneau County Study                                   $80,000
 
Funds Required to Complete:
     La Crosse Floodplain Mgt Plan                   $50,000
     Trempealeau County Study                        $70,000
     Juneau County Study                                    $70,000
     Statewide Flood Inundation Mapping     $390,000