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Floodplain Management

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a federal program that enables property owners to purchase flood insurance. Established by Congress through the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, the NFIP is operated under the jurisdiction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This flood insurance is designed to provide an alternative to federal disaster assistance for property damage caused by floods.

The Town of De Beque joined the NFIP in the early 1970's, and since that time the town has been active in floodplain management. The goals of the program are to:

  • Reduce flood hazards
  • Regulate floodplain activities
  • Educate the public about floods and floodplains

By participating in the NFIP, flood insurance is available to local property owners, and the town is eligible for Federal and State funds following a flood event.

The Town has two major drainage basins with mapped floodplains.

For insurance purposes, a determination as to whether or not your property (within the Town limits) is in a mapped regulatory flood hazard area can be requested by contacting the Town Hall at (970) 283-5475.