What are the local flood hazards?

The local flood hazards are the Big Papillion Creek, West Papillion Creek, Walnut Creek and Midland Creek. Both the Big Papillion Creek and West Papillion Creek have a history of flooding. The Big Papillion Creek flooded in August 1959 leading to the evacuation of six families. The two largest floods of record occurred in 1964 and 1965. In 1964, the flood level reached 45,900 cfs (cubic feet per second). Seven people were killed and $5 million in damage occurred (excluding losses to personal property). In 1965, the flood level reached 31,200 cfs. In 1993, flood damages were recorded in the Big Papio Creek watershed due to heavy downpours. The damages including bowed or collapsed foundations and retaining walls.

The West Papillion Creek flooded in 1948. The flood had a 59-year recurrence interval at 25,500 cfs. In 1959, the West Papillion Creek flooded at a 35-year recurrence interval at 25,500 cfs. Another flood in 1964 led to a 100-year discharge (31,500 cfs) at the mouth of the creek with a 40,800 cfs discharge at Giles Road.

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1. How do I know if I am in the floodplain?
2. What is an elevation certificate?
3. What are the local flood hazards?
4. How do I find out flood safety measures that should be followed to protect myself and my family in a flood event?
5. What is flood insurance?
6. What property protection measures should I take to property my property from flood damage?
7. What are the natural and beneficial functions of the floodplain?
8. How do we protect the natural and beneficial functions of the floodplain?
9. How does the flood warning system work?
10. What is the procedure to obtain a Floodplain Development Permit?
11. What are the requirements for substantial improvement or substantial damage to properties in the floodplain?
12. How should the drainage system be maintained?