Flood Threat Resources

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Gila County's Flood Guidance

This website may be used by anyone with an interest in learning more about Gila County's floodplain maps, regulations or the National Flood Insurance Program.

You will also be able to find educational articles on flood damage, insurance and how to protect yourself from floods as a citizen of Gila County. 

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Floodplain Management

Floodplain management should be a critical part of a community's land use planning. Simply put, floodplain management encompasses the corrective and preventative measures taken to reduce flood damage. 


Flood losses can be curbed by controlling floodwater with structures, such as dams, levees and floodwalls. Non-structural measures take a variety of forms and generally include requirements for zoning, subdivision or building, and special-purpose floodplain ordinances. Initially, the government's emphasis was on structural flood control measures, but the amount of flood damages continued to increase. 


One of the main reasons structural flood control projects failed to reduce flood losses was that people continued to build in floodplains. In response to repeated flood damages, federal, state and local agencies began to develop policies and programs with a "non-structural" emphasis that did not prescribe projects to control or redirect the path of floods. Since the 1960s, floodplain management has evolved from a heavy reliance on flood control or structural measures, to one using a combination of many tools. The creation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1968 was a landmark step in this evolution.


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