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Risk MAP

Risk MAP (Mapping, Assessment and Planning) is the next phase in floodplain mapping now that the Map Modernization phase is complete.

  • New multi-year FEMA program using a watershed approach (vs. the county-wide approach used heretofore).
  • Studies will identify flood risk and provide products to communities to help reduce that risk.
  • Current funding provided for parts of projects in Upper Fox, Milwaukee, Kickapoo watersheds, Iron and Lafayette counties, and select flooding in Black River Falls, Lake Wausau, Fort McCoy, and Hoods Creek.

To view any of the projects preliminary maps, flood insurance study or data please go to FEMA's Preliminary Data Search Tool.

Non-regulatory Flood Risk Products help communities gain a better understanding of flood risk and its potential impacts on communities and individuals. These products will also enable communities to take proper mitigation actions to reduce this risk.

Projects

Milwaukee River watershed

The regulatory products have reached a draft milestone. There is a 30 day comment period for the draft data which will end on September 30, 2019. To view the draft FIRMs and draft data can be found on the FEMA Geoplatform. Just search on your county of interest.

Along with the regulatory products produced for the Milwaukee River Watershed Mapping Project, there is a set of non-regulatory products. These non-regulatory products help communities gain a better understanding of flood risk and its potential impacts on communities and individuals. These products will also enable communities to take proper mitigation actions to reduce this risk.

In February 2014, four Action Discovery meetings were held with communities in the Milwaukee Watershed to get a better idea of their mitigation and floodplain planning needs. As a result, a Final Discovery Report [PDF] was created to further reflect any additional comments by the communities and submitted to FEMA with suggested streams to be studied or included as leverage for data development. FEMA has approved some funding for data development as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget. The details of this data development are still being worked out.

On May 16, 2013, Initial Discovery meetings were held in the Cities of Glendale and West Bend for the Milwaukee River watershed. The Milwaukee River watershed encompasses Dodge, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties and 39 incorporated communities. Local officials, engineers, planners and emergency managers participated in discussions about flood risk and hazard mitigation in their communities. The attendants also provided input about any areas of concern on streams they would like potentially restudied.

Additionally, a comment period was open until Monday, June 3, 2013 at the end of which all comments were compiled and re-evaluated by the DNR and captured in the Initial Discovery Report [PDF].

Discovery materials

Reference materials

View the following presentations from the meetings for more about the upcoming project and potential reasons for restudy.

Maps

For engineering questions, please contact Chris Olds

Monroe County

The Monroe County (Fort McCoy) PMR project has had Preliminary products distributed to affected communities. A 90-day appeal/comment period covering these products ended January 23, 2019. No appeals or comments were received during this time.

This project has reached the Letter of Final Determination (LFD) date of June 06, 2019. What this means is the start of the 6-month adoption phase for affected communities has begun. The current Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) will be superseded by these updated FIRMs and FIS and will need to be replaced in your local floodplain ordinance.

DNR has the following materials, listed below, available to aid in updating your local floodplain ordinance. Please be on the lookout for a letter and/or email from DNR staff explaining this process. DNR staff is prepared to assist in the ordinance review and adoption process and explain state and federal regulatory requirements. Communities should have DNR staff review the draft local floodplain ordinance well before the ordinance is presented to the local governing body for adoption in order to ensure compliance with the NFIP and Chapter NR116, Wisconsin Administrative Code. The Effective date of these products is December 06, 2019. Your floodplain ordinance must be adopted by this time to remain in good standing in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Floodplain Ordininance Materials:

The DNR issued a new Model Floodplain Ordinance effective July 18, 2017 which meet the minimum requirements of the NFIP and Chapter NR116, Wisconsin Administrative Code.

Lafayette County

Lafayette County is a Map Modernization project. This project has completed Preliminary products that can be found on FEMA Flood Map Service Center. Here is the press release with project information.

As part of the preliminary release, an appeal process will be started in the near future. To help with questions about the project and the appeal process a fact sheet has been developed.

There are also resilience products, Areas of Mitigation Interest and Changes Since Last FIRM, developed as part of the Flood Risk Products to help identify changes in the floodplain and potential areas of mitigation.

Kickapoo watershed

The Kickapoo Watershed was chosen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Discovery process, which kicked off in 2017. The goal of Discovery is to work with local communities to better understand local flood risk, mitigation efforts, and spark watershed-wide discussions about increasing resilience for flooding. It also includes evaluating the potential to update effective floodplain maps and mitigation planning needs for the basin. This report documents the coordination with stakeholders, and relevant data collected during the Kickapoo Watershed Discovery. This process concluded in September 2018 and the final Discovery Report, Map, and shapefiles are available for download.

Final discovery material

Reference material

Upper (Illinois) Fox River watershed

In February 2014, four Action Discovery meetings were held with communities in the Upper Fox Watershed to get a better idea of their mitigation and floodplain planning needs. As a result, a Final Discovery Report [PDF] was created to further reflect any additional comments by the communities and submitted to FEMA with the impetus of receiving funding for Preliminary FIRMs in the next FY15 budget cycle. In FY12, FEMA provided funding for Hydrologic & Hydraulic modelling, resulting in the completion of detailed survey work for over 152 stream miles. The decision to fund DFIRM production will be decided in subsequent funding cycles.

On November 13, 2012, Initial Discovery meetings were held in the City of Waukesha and Village of Burlington for the Upper (Illinois) Fox River Watershed. The Upper Fox encompasses the counties of Kenosha, Racine, Walworth and Waukesha. Local officials, engineers, planners and emergency managers from around the watershed participated in the discussions regarding flood risk in their communities. The initial Discovery comment period was open until January 11, 2013 at which time all comments were re-evaluated by the DNR and presented in the Initial Discovery Report [pdf]

Discovery materials

Scope of work

Shapefiles for the final stream centerlines and survey locations as well as an overview map for the proposed scope of work (new detailed studies) can be downloaded. Additional information for contractors is also available.

Resiliency Meeting Report

The Resiliency Meeting for the Upper (Illinois) Fox River was held on May 18th, 2016. The Upper (Illinios)Fox Resiliency Report [PDF] has a summary of the meeting information.

Flood Risk Review Meeting Summary

The Flood Risk Meeting for the Upper (Illinois) Fox River was held on May 18th, 2016. The Upper (Illinios)Fox Flood Risk Review Summary [PDF] has a short summary of the meeting information.

For engineering questions, please contact Chris Olds at (608)266-5606. All other questions or comments can be directed to Fritz Statz

Iron County

Iron County is a Map Modernization project. This project has completed workmaps and draft data.

Black River Falls

The Black River Falls project is a physical map revision. It is one panel, 55053C0386D, that will become effective on September 29, 2017. This panel and data can be viewed at FEMA's Map Service Center.

Hoods Creek

The Hoods Creek project is a physical map revision. The project has preliminary products. The preliminary panels and data can be found at FEMA's Map Service Center.

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Last Revised: Tuesday August 27 2019