Floodplains

FloodplainsAs their name implies, floodplains are subject to periodic flooding. When there is a flood,healthy floodplains provide storage areas for flood waters, reduce flood velocities and reduce flood peaks. A properly functioning floodplain can also provide other benefits like filtering pollutants and wastes. It can help to moderate temperature, and provides vital habitat. A stream can be disconnected from its floodplain by filling and developing the floodplain or digging in the stream channel. Once disconnected, instability and erosion throughout the stream system can result. It is typically recommended to avoid building structures in the 100-year floodplain-the area which has a 1% chance of being inundated in any given year. Remember, anything in the floodplain (including buildings) is at risk of being washed downstream. Visit your town clerk’s office to learn whether or not your house or any structures on your property are built within the 100-year floodplain.
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Contact Information & Links

FEMA and their Regional Environmental Officer:
Robert J. Tranter
Phone (212) 680-3628
1-800-621-3362 for individuals who are eligible for Individual Assistance post flood

USDA/NRCS service centers:

Ulster County

HIGHLAND SERVICE CENTER
652 STATE ROUTE 299
HIGHLAND, NY 12528-2926
(845) 883-7162
(845) 883-7184 fax

Greene County

JOHNSTOWN SERVICE CENTER
113 HALES MILLS RD
JOHNSTOWN, NY 12095-9742
(518) 762-0077
(518) 762-7020 fax

GHENT SERVICE CENTER
1024 RT 66
GHENT, NY 12075-3200
(518) 828-4385
(518) 828-0166 fax

Delaware County

WALTON SERVICE CENTER
44 WEST ST
WALTON, NY 13856-1041
(607) 865-4005
(607) 865-7465 fax

Sullivan County

LIBERTY SERVICE CENTER
64 FERNDALE-LOOMIS RD
LIBERTY, NY 12754-2902
(845) 292-6471
(845) 292-2180 fax

Links and Resources

Click on the links below for more information:

> USDA/NRCS – Emergency Watershed Protection Program: The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) was set up by Congress to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. It is designed to relieve imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms, and other natural occurrences.
> Flood Safety Information from New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO)
> FEMA Map Service Center
> Floodsmart Gives a rating of flood risk as well as a variety of other information for local landowners.
> FEMA for Homeowners & Renters
> Delaware County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
> Restoring Streams to Reduce Flood Loss by Trout Unlimited and the National Park Service This website includes a map of National Weather Service links to Forecasts for River Conditions (e.g. no flooding, minor flooding, major flooding). It has a map with hotlinks for various rivers in New York.
> Homeowners Guide to Flooding
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