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.

​Is your Property in the Special Flood Hazard Area (Floodplain)?

View Floodplain information for your property from the Georgia Map Program at www.georgiadfirm.com or find flood information for your property from Augusta's GISMap website, http://gismap.augustaga.gov/augustajs

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

  • Surveyor's Corner

  • New Elevation Certificate has been approved
    • FEMA announced in a March 1 bulletin that the newly revised Elevation Certificate (FEMA form 086-0-33) can now be accessed here.  Here is the Bulletin that was issued with the new EC – the new EC reflects some of the recommended changes that many of you have been having trouble with, including “the rounding issue”. 

      You will note that it has already been discovered that “C2.a-h, Section E and G8-G10 forces the entry of two decimal places (whether the data was captured to 2 place-accuracy or not). Section E instructions have been updated to reference the two decimal places (“nearest hundredth”); however, C2 was not."

      This form expires November 2018.  As you use the Elevation Certificate, please provide any suggested changes or comments to the Insurance Committee of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) at InsuranceCorner@floods.org – they have been advocating for change (on  your behalf) since the last EC came out!
  • New Floodproofing Certificate is now available
  • HB76 - Information for Surveyors