Flood Plain Information

Local Flood­plain Administration

Flood­plain reg­u­la­tion and man­age­ment is impor­tant to our com­mu­ni­ty in order to dimin­ish loss of life and repet­i­tive prop­er­ty dam­age from flood­ing. Although not a com­mon occur­rence, Mar­i­on has pre­vi­ous­ly expe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant flood­ing. Marion’s Plan­ning Direc­tor is the Flood­plain Admin­is­tra­tor for the City.

If you would like assis­tance with a flood­plain issue, or have ques­tions about Marion’s flood­plain man­age­ment pro­gram, you may con­tact the Plan­ning Department.

Flood­plain Infor­ma­tion & Resources

The Indi­ana Leg­is­la­ture per IC 14283 has grant­ed the reg­u­la­to­ry pow­er to local units of gov­ern­ment to con­trol land use with­in their juris­dic­tions in order to decrease flood dam­ages and pro­mote pub­lic health, safe­ty and welfare.

Marion’s Flood­plain Ordi­nance is Chap­ter 151 of the Mar­i­on City Code. The City relies on the Fed­er­al Insur­ance Rate Maps (FIRMs) to guide flood plain man­age­ment deci­sions. Copies of these maps may be viewed at City Hall.

FEMA’s flood maps may be locat­ed at the fol­low­ing web­site: FEMA Inter­ac­tive Flood Maps. The Fed­er­al Insur­ance Rate Maps or FIRMs are gen­er­at­ed by the Fed­er­al Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA) to iden­ti­fy the loca­tion of flood haz­ard areas. 

State Per­mit Require­ments: While the city can issue build­ing per­mits for con­struc­tion with­in flood­plain areas, a per­mit from the Indi­ana Depart­ment of Nat­ur­al Resources (DNR) is also required for any build­ing activ­i­ty or earth mov­ing work in the flood­way. Vis­it the DNR web­site to gain under­stand­ing of DNR’s per­mit process. http://​www​.in​.gov/dnr/