Flood Mitigation

Related Program Areas:
Flood Hazards page of Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan
 
Stormwater Management
 
Water Resources

Flooding is a fact of life in the Southern Tier Central region of New York. Flash floods may occur quickly with little or no warning. Since the devastating flood caused by Tropical Storm Agnes in June of 1972, various government agencies and other organizations have made efforts to improve flood warnings and reduce the damages caused by flooding. STC provides technical assistance for a variety of flood risk management activities.

After every flood, the tendency has been for residents to rebuild their lives and pray that "this is the last destructive one. Structural projects have been built in hopes of controlling future flood waters. As time passes, people tend to forget about flooding and become complacent. Additional development occurs in flood-prone areas. Deforestation and upland development increase the amount of runoff. Stream channels are allowed to become clogged with debris. In short, residents of the Southern Tier Central region continue to grossly underestimate the destructive powers of their rivers, streams, and lakes. If future flood damages are to be reduced, flood mitigation measures will need to be incorporated into programs that will outlive the all-too-short memories of area residents.

Things you can do to manage flood risks include:

  • Pay attention to flood warnings and obey evacuation orders.

  • Never drive through flooded roadways: Turn Around Don't Drown!

  • Do not dump or throw anything into ditches, streams or other waterways.

  • Maintain undeveloped vegetated buffers along rivers, streams, and lakeshores.

  • Protect flood control structures: Do not operate motor vehicles on an earthen levee or engage in other activities that might damage the vegetation.

  • Make sure that land use activities do not increase the amount of runoff and thus contribute to increased flood hazards.

  • If you live in a high flood risk area, take steps to protect your property from flood damage.

  • Purchase flood insurance for buildings and contents in order to protect your financial investment.

Eleven municipalities in the STC region participate in the Community Rating System program by implementing floodplain management, flood mitigation and outreach activities that exceed the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program. By undertaking activities that save lives and reduce property damage, the following municipalities also secure reduced flood insurance policy rates within their communities:

 STC Also Recommends:
Environmental Emergency Services, Inc.
Regional not-for-profit corporation operates a Flood Warning Service for Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties.
Association of State Floodplain Managers
National Association website provides policy information and resources related to flood risk management.

    • Town of Ashland
    • Town of Big Flats
    • Town of Chemung
    • City of Corning
    • City of Elmira
    • Town of Elmira
    • Town of Erwin
    • Town of Horseheads
    • Village of Horseheads
    • Town of Southport
    • Village of Wellsburg

The Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation periodically convenes experts in floodplain management to explore pressing issues in the field and set out ideas for resolving them. The 2007 forum report, "Floodplain Management 2050," recommended dramatic shifts in current approaches and actions. These recommendations are summarized in a newsletter article (A Vision for Floodplain Management in 2050) and detailed in the 2007 Flood Policy Forum Report. The 2010 forum considered how a risk management framework could be applied to minimize flood risk (to humans, the build environment, infrastructure, and society), and simultaneously to protect and restore the natural functions and resources of floodplains. The forum report, "Managing Flood Risks & Floodplain Resources" recommends a nationwide strategy for measuring, managing, and communicating flood risks.

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