Local Flood Hazards
Bath, NY, 1935
Flood damage is an ongoing problem in the Southern Tier Central region, as it has been throughout recorded history. The streams, rivers, and lakes are naturally subject to rising and falling water levels, as well as the erosive force of water. Unfortunately, development is concentrated in the broad river valleys, along lake shores, and in the narrower valleys cut by tributary streams. In these areas, the hazard of flooding is an environmental fact of life.
Flooding occurs naturally as part of the earth's hydrologic system. The list of historic floods in the STC region includes a couple of Pumpkin Floods, a Great Inundation, a Trememdous Flood, a couple of Big Floods, and many more. Flood-related damages occur in a variety of settings:
Regulated floodplain: The floodplain area that has a 1% or greater probability of being flooded in any given year has been mapped and is often referred to as the 100-year floodplain. Development activities within this area are regulated by the municipality to reduce the risk of flood damages. Approximate maps of this regulated floodplain can be viewed on the Southern Tier Central GIS Map Portal. Or print a FIRMette at the FEMA Map Service Center website. Maps are also available at municipal offices and County Planning Departments.
Local Flood Hazards:
A Flood Information Map of the STC region depicts regulated floodplains, historic flood levels, and floods of record.
Detailed information about local flood hazards is included in Hazard and Flood Mitigation Plans. These plans have been developed by municipalities and counties as roadmaps for reducing future damages from flooding and other hazards.