The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approved the City of Kokomo’s regulations for floodplain management. The DNR’s approval of the City’s Floodplain Ordinance effectively covers the entire area of the City. The final approval was received Friday, January 16th.
“I am pleased the DNR has approved the Kokomo’s floodplain management regulations that address flood hazard areas for the entire city, including the Kokomo Municipal Stadium site,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “This decision reaffirms our continued compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program.”
In April 2013, nearly 400 homes were affected when the City of Kokomo experienced its worst flood in recorded history. Twelve months later the City announced an aggressive, multi-million dollar flood mitigation plan to address flooding along the Wildcat Creek.
“The City of Kokomo has been working with the DNR for several months to meet FEMA’s requirement that communities update their floodplain ordinances,” said Kokomo City Engineer Carey Stranahan. “The final DNR approval confirms that the city’s regulations meet FEMA’s requirements that are designed to protect current property owners from additional flood risk, while promoting responsible development.”
The City of Kokomo’s flood mitigation plan allocates $2.5 million of local funds for flood mitigation for flood-prone areas, including the Kokomo Municipal Stadium site and surrounding neighborhoods.