Floodplain Management


Floodplain management is the operation of a community program of preventive and corrective measures to reduce the risk of current and future flooding, resulting in a more resilient community. These measures take a variety of forms, and generally include requirements for zoning, subdivision or development, building codes and special-purpose floodplain ordinances.

Rapides Parish adopted the Chapter 10 1/2 - Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to reduce future flood damages. Since the Parish became a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), citizens have the availability to purchase flood insurance and receive federal funds when a disaster strikes (hurricane, flooding, tornado, etc) In return, the Parish must regulate development within the Parish when property is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). You may not know this, but 30% of Rapides Parish is located in a high-risk flood hazard area.

State and federal agencies, local communities and property owners have a role in reducing flood risk and helping communities become more resilient. From states providing strong model ordinances, to communities adopting and enforcing higher-standard building practices, to property owners elevating their homes, everyone can play a part in making communities safer and more resistant to flood disasters.



A development permit is required before you build, locate, or substantially improve any structure designed for occupancy as a residence, place of business, camp, nonresidential/commercial development or improvement thereof, industrial development or improvement thereof, or place any mobile home upon any lot in Rapides Parish. Permits are required to ensure that proposed development projects meet the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the community's floodplain management ordinance.
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