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A Flood of Information
Click the link below to access a comprehensive publication about flood
hazard areas, flood safety, insurance information, and property
"At Your Service" Newsletter - Flooding
Click below for a 100-year floodplain map for the city of Midland, featured in the City's Geographic Information System (GIS).
Midland city floodplain map
The map could be
helpful in determining if your property is located in a
For real-time water levels and other helpful information about the Tittabawassee River, click on the link below.
National Weather Service - Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
Through the Years - Photos of Local Events
Click on the links below to find photos of flooding between 1986-2007, and during the 2013 event in Midland County.
Midland Flooding - 1986-2007
Midland Flooding - 2013
Flood Protection Information
HAZARD AREAS (SFHA):
lands in the City of Midland adjacent to the Tittabawassee River and the
Chippewa River and their tributaries as well as several low-lying areas in the
City of Midland have been identified as special flood hazard areas. A special
flood hazard area is that portion of land subject to inundation by a
flood and/or flood-related erosion hazards.
MAPS OF THE LOCAL
FLOOD HAZARD AREA:
Maps showing the SFHAs as identified on the Federal Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) are available in
the reference section of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 W. St. Andrews
Road, in the City of Midland Planning Department located at 333
W. Ellsworth Street, and from the
FEMA Flood Map Store on the FEMA website. The Planning Department can assist you in determining
whether your property is located in one of the SFHAs. They
can also help you with questions and forms necessary to request that FEMA remove
your property from the SFHA. To obtain flood hazard (floodplain) information,
PERMIT REQUIREMENTS: before beginning any construction.
Some of these activities may not be permitted or may be restricted in scope if
they will be located within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). Other activities
that may not normally require a permit such as grading or filling might be
prohibited or restricted if they will take place within the SFHA. A permit from
the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and a Soil Erosion
Sedimentation Control (SESC) permit from the Building Department must be issued
before grading and filling activities will be allowed within the SFHA. Call the
Building Department at 989-837-3383 for specific requirements related to your
Building permits are required for
remodeling projects, repairs, replacements, new structures, additions,
re-roofing, decks, driveways, sheds, pools and fences. A building permit must be
obtained from the
If an existing structure is located within a SFHA, there are restrictions as
to how much the structure can be improved or reconstructed if damaged by fire or
other means. This work is classified as a Substantial Improvement and the cost
of any repair, reconstruction or improvement to the structure located in a SFHA
is limited to 50% of the market value of the structure before the repair or
improvements are begun and are counted cumulatively for a ten-year period
beginning at the start of the first improvement. This is to assure that the
flood insurance liability of a property that has been identified as prone to
flooding does not increase substantially.
several ways to protect your home from flood damage. The Planning and Building
Departments can assist you in identifying methods that might be appropriate for
There are also external websites that serve as excellent guides in assisting you in
identifying your specific flooding problem and what methods are available for
protection. Click on the "Flood Protection Guides - External Websites" link at
right to access these sites.
owners in flood hazard areas are often unaware of the risk of floods and do not
carry adequate flood protection insurance to cover potential losses. If you
don’t have flood insurance, talk to your insurance agent. Homeowner’s policies
do not cover damage from floods. However, because the City of Midland
participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, you can purchase a
separate flood insurance policy. The insurance is backed by the federal
government and is available to everyone, even if your property has flooded
before or is not indicated as being in a Special Flood Hazard Area.
For further information about flood insurance, click on the "Flood Insurance Information"
link at left, watch the YouTube video at right, or view FEMA’s website at
Floods are the
most common and widespread of all natural disasters, except fire. Most
communities in the United States can experience some kind of flooding after
spring rain, heavy thunderstorms or winter snow melts. Flash floods usually
result from intense storms dropping large amounts of rain within a brief period.
Flash floods occur with little or no warning and can reach full peak in only a
few minutes. For an up-to-date forecast of flood threats, check the following
Flooding has caused the deaths of more than 10,000 people since 1900. Click
on the link "Flood Safety Tips" at right to find some simple rules to remember to keep you and your family safe if a flood
should affect you.
Floods and Flashfloods
Click on the link below for information from FEMA on floods and flashfloods.