Flood Index

Emergency Information

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, however not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, while others such as flash floods can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Additionally, floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. Flooding is a significant potential threat throughout Trumbull County especially after the winter thaw.

Most injuries and deaths related to flooding events occur when people are swept away by flood currents, and most property damage results from inundation by sediment and debris-filled water.

Flash Flooding

Flash floods can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall, or a dam or levee failure. Overland flooding, the most common type of flooding event typically occurs when waterways such as rivers or streams overflow their banks as a result of rainwater or a possible levee breach and cause flooding in surrounding areas. It can also occur when rainfall exceeds the capacity of underground pipes, or the capacity of streets and drains designed to carry flood water away from urban areas.

River Flooding

Trumbull County has special flood hazard areas that are subject to periodic inundation which may result in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, and impairment of the tax base.  Additionally, structures that are inadequately anchored, elevated, flood-proofed, or otherwise protected from flood damage also contribute to the flood loss.

An application for a floodplain development permit shall be required for all development activities located within or in contact with an identified special flood hazard area.  Such application shall be made by the owner of the property or his/her authorized agent, prior to the actual commencement of such construction.  Where it is unclear whether a development site is in a special flood hazard area, the Floodplain Administrator may require an application for a floodplain development permit to determine the development’s location.  It shall be unlawful for any person to begin construction or other development activity, including but not limited to, filling; grading; construction; alteration, remodeling, or expanding any structure; or alteration of any watercourse wholly within, partially within or in contact with any identified special flood hazard area, until a floodplain development permit is obtained.

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What to do after a flood:

For more information please go to;            
Trumbull County Planning Commission Floodplains
FloodSmart.gov
CDC – Key facts about Flood Readiness
What is a Watershed?