Floodplain Information

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View Floodplain FAQs

View Floodplain Code

Salina’s floodplain regulation can be found in Chapter 42, Article VIII of the Salina Municipal Code. Adopting and enforcing floodplain management regulations are a condition of Salina’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. As required by the State of Kansas and FEMA, the City of Salina’s municipal floodplain regulations will need to be updated on or before April 18, 2018. Upon adoption a link to the revised code will be added to this page.

View Floodplain Maps

The map works much like Google maps. The basic navigational steps are:

  1. Once the map comes up on your screen, locate the “Find” box at the top of the screen.
  2. Enter the address for the property in question in the find box (example: 1613 Kaci Cir.)
  3. If you get more than one result, look closely to be sure you select the correct address.
  4. Once the map changes to the location you selected, you can apply the satellite (aerial) layer. In the upper right of your screen is a small box titled “Base maps”. Click on the arrow to see the drop down list of items and select (check) “Satellite”. Your map will then change to satellite/aerial view. Note the other layer options in this drop down menu.Hover the mouse over the property and then left click the mouse to see Flood Zone Designation. Right click the mouse to see the address, and other information.

View LOMC Database

Search your address within the database to confirm the status of your property and if it has a LOMC (Letter of Map Changes). The LOMC data base includes all types of LOMA (Letter of Map Amendment) or LOMR (Letter of Map Revision).

  1. Open document
  2. Enter your street name in the "find box" located at the top of the screen
  3. Hit Enter key and you should be able to see your street, then find your address.
  4. Results mean the following:
  • Green: Valid LOMC-New mapping does not show this structure in the floodplain.
  • Yellow: Superseded LOMC-Mapping revision superseded but structure is out of the floodplain as shown.
  • Orange: Superseded LOMC is no longer valid; structure is shown in the floodplain.
  • Pink: LOMA is denied.
  • No matches found: The property is not in the floodplain and therefore has never had a LOMA/LOMR.

Latest News & Information: Final Update to Floodplain Map and Regulations

Floodplain Insurance

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which was created in 1968 to encourage communities to adopt floodplain management ordinances and to help offset rising disaster assistance costs to the federal government. The owners of property located in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) (also known as the “100-year floodplain”), are required to purchase flood insurance if they have a federally insured mortgage and their property is located in one of these mapped areas. According to FEMA, property in a SFHA has at least a one-percent chance of being flooded in any given year, or a 26 percent chance of being flooded during the term of a 30-year mortgage.

Although flood insurance is sold by private insurers, the rates are set by FEMA and are based on a property’s hazard zone designation, which can be found on a participating community’s flood insurance rate map (FIRM). Homes, apartments and commercial buildings built above the flood level – the base flood elevation – are generally not required to carry flood insurance, while buildings built below the flood level pay more for flood insurance according to a risk-based sliding scale.

Flood Zones Definitions (Zones AE and A3-A30;  Zone AH;  Zone AO;  Zones B,C, and X)

Floodplain Maps

Salina’s floodplain maps were adopted in 1986 and were outdated. The federal program for replacing old and outdated paper topographical FIRM maps with digital versions began in 2006. Replacing decades-old data with information generated by aerial laser surveys (LIDAR) and new computer models is intended to allow FEMA to more precisely identify and map flood-prone areas. The digital maps will be easier to access by the public, easier to read and easier to update. The process of updating flood maps for Salina and Saline County is now complete.

The Kansas Division of Water Resources, in a collaborative effort with FEMA and their mapping contractor AMEC Foster Wheeler, has sent a letter of Final Determination and a final set of the updated FIRMS to community officials in Salina and Saline County. The boundaries of many flood-prone areas within the city of Salina shown on the existing 1986 flood map have been revised. The public may view the final maps at the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash St., Room 205, or online at www.salina-ks.gov/maps.

Additional Information

  • In May of 2016, City staff hosted a public open house.
    3,719 Salina floodplain property owners were notified; approximately 450 people attended.
  • Out of 2,107 Letters of Map Amendment (LOMA) for properties within the city limits, there are 35 properties whose LOMAs were not revalidated on the revised map.
  • Approximately 30 properties that were not shown in the floodplain on the 1986 FIRM are now shown in the floodplain on the revised map.
  • The Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and the FIRM will go into effect on April 18, 2018.
  • The City of Salina is required to adopt updated floodplain management regulations by April 18, 2018 to bring the City’s regulations into conformance with FEMA and Kansas Division of Water Resources Requirements.
  • Salina’s updated regulations must be reviewed and approved by the Kansas Division of Water Resources prior to final adoption by the City Commission.

Meeting Information

  • The Salina City Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing to review the updated regulations on March 6, 2018 in Room 107 of the City-County Building.
  • The City Commission is scheduled to consider the updated floodplain management regulations and maps at the March 26, 2018 meeting.

For More Information

For local information regarding inquiries about properties within the city limits of Salina, or the revalidation of existing Letters of Map Change (LOMA or LOMR letters), contact the City of Salina Planning Division at (785) 309-5715 or (785) 309-5720, or email floodplaininformation@salina.org.

For state information, contact Program Manager Dane Bailey with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources at (785) 296-7769, or visit http://agriculture.ks.gov/divisions-programs/dwr.

For federal information regarding Map Modernization or the National Flood Insurance Program visit www.fema.gov.

Contact Information

For properties located inside the city limits of Salina

The best and fastest way to get help with flood information is to e-mail floodplaininformation@salina.org. Please include your name, phone number, question, and the address of the property you are inquiring about. This will allow staff to start researching the property prior to responding.

City of Salina, Planning Division
300 W. Ash St., Room 201
(785) 309-5720 

For properties located outside the city limits of Salina, in the unincorporated areas of Saline County

Saline County Planning Department, Tim Hamilton 
300 W. Ash St., Room 209
(785) 309-5813

Salina & Saline County Flood Risk Information

Saline County Flood Risk Explorer