Emergency Management / CSEPP

Floodplain Management

In Madison County, we prioritize your safety and the protection of our environment through proactive hazard mitigation and floodplain management practices. Here’s what you need to know:

Hazard Mitigation Plan

Our comprehensive plan outlines strategies to reduce risks from natural hazards, ensuring the safety and resilience of our community.

Floodplain Management Plan Annual Report

Our annual report highlights our efforts in managing flood risks and enhancing community safety.


Here are some essential tips to help you prepare before, stay safe during, and recover effectively after a flood event:

  1. Create emergency plans and assemble an emergency kit.
  2. Develop evacuation plans with primary and alternative routes.
  3. Prepare using the Five Ps of Evacuation: People. Prescriptions, Papers, Personal Needs, Priceless Items.
  4. Document and photograph belongings, assets, and important information (deeds, insurance, etc.).
  5. Clear gutters, downspouts, and drainage systems of debris.
  1. Monitor and share flooding impacts on social media platforms. Follow us on social media for the latest updates: @MadisonCountyKyEMA.
  2. Evacuate if necessary and follow guidance from local and state emergency authorities.
  3. Avoid driving through flooded roads; “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”
  4. Be cautious of moving water’s force; six inches can knock you off your feet, and a foot can sweep away a vehicle.
  5. Stay out of floodwaters due to potential hazards like rocks, mud, debris, oil, gasoline, and sewage.
  6. Exercise extra caution at night when flood dangers are harder to recognize.
  1. Enter your home only when officials declare it safe.
  2. Use extreme care when entering flooded buildings, checking for hidden damage and hazards.
  3. Protect against electric shock, mold, asbestos, and lead paint.
  4. Turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box if it’s safe to do so.
  5. Use flashlights (not lanterns, torches, or matches) in potentially gas-filled areas.
  6. Document all damage before starting repairs, including lists, photos, and videos.
  7. Safeguard your home by opening doors and windows, covering exterior damage, removing debris, draining the basement, and checking pipes.
  8. Seek guidance from local officials on damage assessment and insurance claims.
  9. Obtain necessary authorizations and permits before rebuilding.
  10. Implement mitigation strategies and actions for recovery.
  11. Coordinate with authorities for debris removal and contact organizations like the American Red Cross for disaster recovery information.

Flooding Facts

1.  Flooding can occur almost anywhere, with varying speed and duration.

2. Types of flooding in Kentucky include:

  • Flash floods
  • Stormwater flooding
  • Backwater flooding
  • Riverine flooding

3. Saturated conditions before rain events can exacerbate flooding risks.

4. Flooding consequences may include:

  • Injuries or fatalities
  • Disruption or destruction of infrastructure (roads, bridges, culverts, water, wastewater, gas, electric)
  • Disruption of drinking water supplies
  • Erosion and landslides

Business Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00AM – 4:30PM

(859) 408-2440 ext. 3
Emergency – 911

Location Information:
135 W Irvine St, 3rd Floor
Richmond, KY 40475

Austin Bates

GIS Coordinator

Floodplain Manager

135 W Irvine Street, Richmond, KY 40475

Copyright 2024 | Madison County, Kentucky | All Rights Reserved

135 W Irvine Street, Richmond, KY 40475

Copyright 2024 | Madison County, Kentucky | All Rights Reserved