Floodplain Management

Floodplain Management assists customers in meeting the requirements of the Augusta Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The Planning & Development Department is the archive for all the flood information for the City, including Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), Elevation Certificates (ECs), Letters of Map Amendment (LOMAs) and Flood Insurance Studies.

This office is also responsible for the Community Rating System (CRS) information. CRS is a voluntary program, which, based on activities performed by the community determines a discount from 5 percent to 40 percent on flood insurance rates. Currently, the City of Augusta is a CRS Class 10 and we receive no discounts on our local flood insurance premiums, although we engage in many activities that could lead to a lower CRS classification in the future.

This office is also the project lead for mitigation of flood prone structures. Mitigation projects undertaken by the City seek to reduce or eliminate identified risks (flood risks) for known flood prone structures. For example, Augusta currently participates in a very active acquisition program – Augusta’s Flood Buyout Program – a program that has purchased 30 homes and properties, to date, through use of state and federal grant funding and local match dollars and a program which is in the process of acquiring another 13 homes and properties, again through state and federal grant funding and local match dollars. (The Program has also accepted, on occasion, the donation of repetitively flooded structures into the Program, as well.) Once acquired, the homes on these flood damaged properties are demolished and the property is restored to “open space”, or “greenspace”, and the property is allowed to function as natural floodplain storage, in perpetuity. It is hoped that these areas will one day revert to a natural riparian buffer along the watercourses they surround and will be home to populations of birds, reptiles, plants and mammals that frequent these types of riparian areas.

The Flood Buyout Program, now in its 16th year in Augusta, is strictly voluntary with residents contacting the City for acquisition consideration. Preference is given to occupied residentially used land in floodplains, with the highest consideration being given to those residents, or those areas, that flood on a frequent basis.

Aside from obvious, the acquisition of many acres of flood prone property and the preservation of open space and possible creation of riparian buffers, discussed above, other rewards of the Flood Buyout Program can include: removing flood weary residents from flood prone areas (and thus removing the potential for injury or death), a reduction in emergency response in these repetitively flooded areas, a reduction in the need for structural flood control projects (another mitigation technique that could have been used), reduced infrastructure maintenance costs, reduction in the need for community disaster assistance and emergency relief efforts, decreasing erosion, protecting water quality, and enhancing groundwater recharge.

Augusta’s Flood Buyout Program has proven to be a valuable tool in the community’s comprehensive approach to sound floodplain management, and, with ongoing and adequate funding, will continue to provide this beneficial service for years to come to the residents of Augusta, GA.

The following information can be obtained from this office.

  • Flood Map Determinations and an explanation of your risk to flooding
  • Copies of Elevation Certificates (ECs)
  • Copies of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)
  • Requirements for Construction in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)
  • Substantial Damage Determinations
  • Assistance with Letters of Map Amendment (LOMAs)
    • You or your surveyor will need to provide:
      • Elevation Certificate
      • Plat of the Subdivision
      • Plat of the Property
      • Deed of the Property
      • FIRMette (P&D can assist with this)
  • Grandfathering Assistance

Please contact the Floodplain Manager at (706) 821-1796 for more information.

Flood Information
Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan was developed because of a growing concern about the impact of floods on people and property in Augusta. The Plan also helps the City qualify to receive grant funds under federal mitigation grant programs. 

The Plan:

  • Provides an overview of the type, location, and extent of flood hazards in Augusta
  • Summarizes how the City regulates floodplain development and responds to flood events
  • Identifies priority actions that will be completed to reduce the exposure of people and property to flood hazards

View the Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan.
This Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan was superseded by the Hazard Mitigation Plan adopted by the City in 2006. (See Hazard Mitigation) This Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan is being left on the website for historical purposes only

Additional Information