Floodplain Basics

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States.  Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or entire community.  Or they can be very large, affecting an entire regional river basin or multiple states.

Plus, all floods are not alike.  Some floods develop slowly, possibly over a period of days.  Others can develop very quickly, in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain.

It is important to be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live.  But it is especially important to be aware if you live in low-lying areas or near water.  Very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds, or low-lying grounds that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.

Please click on the County's link Polk County Floodplain Management to access more information on flooding and Floodplain Management.

Click here to see the potential flooding sources in your area: Current Flood Insurance Rate Maps 

For free flood assistance and inspections call:
Polk County Floodplain Management
(863) 534-6765 or (863) 534-6767