What is a Floodplain?
Land adjacent to streams and rivers which does not carry water under normal weather conditions.
What does it do?
During large storm events, streams, and rivers use the floodplain to temporarily store and convey water until the storm stops and water downstream has had a chance to go down.
How are they formed?
Naturally and over time with each storm event. Floodplains, rivers, and streams are constantly changing by the force of Mother Nature, even during small rain events. Water moves soil every time it rains or snow melts, constantly changing the landscape.
Find more information about how to live in and around the floodplain:
Contact the Riley County Floodplain Manager at 785-537-6332
- Flood Hazard Area (interactive map)
- Army Corps of Engineers Tuttle Creek Dam Failure Evacuation and Inundation Zones (PDF)
- Riley County Tuttle Creek Dam Failure Evacuation and Inundation Zones (PDF)
- FEMA Floodplain Map (interactive)
- National Weather Service Flood Prediction Model and Inundation Map
Historic Flood Maps
National Weather Service
Flood Insurance Information
Cheaper Flood Insurance (pdf) - 5 ways to lower the cost of your flood insurance premium
Do I need a Floodplain Development Permit (pdf) (FDP)?
Do I need a Floodplain Development Permit (pdf) in order to build in the floodplain? Yes.
A FIRMette is a full-scale section of a FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) that you create yourself online by selecting the desired area from an image of a Flood Insurance Rate Map. The FIRMette also includes the map title block, north arrow, and scale bar. There is no charge for making a FIRMette. Because a FIRMette is a full-scale section of an official FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map, it can be used in all aspects of the NFIP, including floodplain management, flood insurance, and enforcement of mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements.