Floodplain Management


A floodplain is the lowland adjacent to a river, lake or ocean. Floodplains are designated by the frequency of the flood that is large enough to cover them.

Dams, levees, channels and other protective works are designed to provide protection against some specific level of flooding. The “level of protection" is selected based on cost, desire of the community, potential damage, environmental impact, and other factors.

If you live near a floodplain or a potential flood hazard area, you may want flood insurance if you don’t have it.

County Floodplain Administrator

County of Tehama Floodplain Administrator Building Official, CFM

Department of Building & Safety

Phone: (530) 527-7002
Fax: (530) 527-2655

Precautions to take in the case of an upcoming flood

  • Decide if you want to move your belongings to higher ground or remove them from the site
  • Remove the most valuable items first
  • Open all cabinets and drawers, because they tend to swell and stick shut
  • Turn off all power to the household – Gas and Electricity to prevent fires/explosions
  • Turn off all water sources leading to the household to prevent loss of pressure in the future
  • Remove or raise items needed for future clean up – hoses, mops, boots, gloves, lubricants, detergents/soaps, etc.

Floodplain Management Association Website

FMA is the premier venue for floodplain management professionals interested in reducing flood risk and creating sustainable floodplains. The association serves as an unbiased forum for legislature, government, industry and science to advance best practices, technologies, policies, regulations and legal strategies, with a focus on California, Nevada and Hawaii.

Flood Insurance Rate Maps

The official map of a community on which FEMA has delineated both the special hazard areas and the risk premium zones applicable to the community. The purpose of this page is to define a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), a commonly used term in floodplain management.

Association of State Floodplain Managers

The mission of ASFPM is to promote education, policies and activities that mitigate current and future losses, costs and human suffering caused by flooding, and to protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains – all without causing adverse impacts.