Flooding is one of the leading causes of weather related fatalities in the U.S. On average, flooding claims nearly 90 lives each year. More than half of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. This happens because people underestimate the force and power of water, especially when it is moving. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over and carry off an adult. Twelve inches of water can float a small car. If that water is moving, it can carry that car away. Eighteen to twenty-four inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including large SUVs. It is impossible to tell the exact depth of water covering a roadway or the condition of the road below the water. This is especially true at night when your vision is more limited. It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters. Any time you come to a flooded road, walkway, or path, follow this simple rule: Turn Around Don’t Drown.
Posted by US National Weather Service Boise Idaho on Monday, March 16, 2015
What is a floodplain?
Floodplains are the low, flat lands adjacent to streams, rivers, and lakes that flood frequently. They are considered part of a healthy stream and are designed to hold in flood waters, as well as support a variety of natural resources and provide natural flood and erosion control.
Floodplain management is the operation of a community program of preventive and corrective measures to reduce risk of current and future flooding, resulting in a more resilient community.
City of Griffin Floodplain Map
City of Griffin Floodplain KML/KMZ File for Google Users
Data Includes: Buildings, Cemetery, City Hall, City Limits, Court House, Fire Stations, Floodplain , Hospital, Parcels, Parks, Police Stations, Schools, Streams, Voting Districts and Zoning
Data updated September 20, 2011
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If you have Google Earth Installed on your PC double click on the NFHL layer to see the FEMA floodplain overlaid on Google Earth. Be patient. Some of the layers will only draw after you have zoomed down to within a mile or so but they do work. You can play around with them.
The CRS (Community Rating System) is a voluntary incentive program through the National Flood Insurance Program (NIFP) that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NIFP requirements.
The goals of the CRS include:
- Reduce flood damage to insurable property
- Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NIFP
- Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.
As a result from community actions meeting these goals, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk.
Communities are divided put into 10 classes based upon the number of credit points earned. Credit points are earned through different activities that fall into four series:
- Public Information
- Mapping & Regulations
- Flood Damage Reduction
- Flood Preparedness
The City of Griffin is in Class 5 and homeowners who are in the FEMA 100-Year Floodplain are eligible for a 25% discount on their flood insurance premium. Homeowners who are not in the FEMA 100-Year Floodplain and want to purchase flood insurance are eligible for a 10% discount on their flood insurance premium.
101 Coldwater Ln
105 Coldwater Ln
107 Coldwater Ln
111 Coldwater Ln
113 Coldwater Ln
117 Coldwater Ln
119 Coldwater Ln
893 Crescent Ln
254 N 15th St
1543 Hwy 16 W
1545 Hwy 16 W
1547 Hwy 16 W
1549 Hwy 16 W
346 Wynterhall Dr
For information regarding the NFIP and flooding issues please visit FEMA's website.
Public Outreach information regarding the City of Griffin's Floodplain.
Above The Flood
Mandatory purchase of Flood Insurance Guidelines
Planning for a sustainable future
Repairing your flooded home
The City of Griffin offers technical assistance visits free of charge to our residents who may have a flooding or drainage issue. If you would like for us to come out to your property and look at an issue or help you understand more regarding ways to protect yourself from flooding please call our office at 770-412-9950, Ext. 2. We also are glad to assist you with questions regarding flooding and your property anytime by calling the number mentioned.