Will the City issue permits to rebuild or repair homes if flooding occurs?

Following a flood event, the City of Manhattan will inspect homes and businesses in the City limits for safe and habitable conditions. If the property is located in the City’s Special Flood Hazard Area (the definition can be found in Section 10-105), a detailed inspection of the building will occur. If the damage to the building meets or exceeds the definition of being substantially damaged (also found in Section 10-105), the building must conform to the Floodplain Regulations.

Generally speaking, if a home was found to be substantially damaged (damaged 50% or more than the fair market of the home or damaged by 2 floods in a 10-year period that caused an average of 25% or more damage of its fair market value), and was built lower than today’s base flood elevation; the house would need to be elevated. This regulation is one of the City’s higher standard floodplain regulations to break the cycle of a flood, repair, and repeat and to make current properties safer from flooding.

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1. Is the evacuation advisory still in effect?
2. Is a shelter available?
3. Is there a plan for door-to-door notification of residents and what messages might they give?
4. How will I know if someone telling me to evacuate is official?
5. Should we mark our house if we evacuate early to let the emergency personnel know that we have left?
6. Why can’t the Corps let out a little water to avoid a large “uncontrolled” release?
7. How much time will the Corps give us before opening the spillway gates or increasing the water release?
8. Do I need to turn off my gas?
9. What areas were affected by the 1993 flood?
10. What is the difference between a 100-year and 500-year flood?
11. Is FEMA updating the 2015 flood maps?
12. Where can I get sand and sandbags?
13. Do you need volunteers?
14. Who can I talk to about building in the floodplain?
15. Who should I talk to learn more about flood insurance?
16. Do releases at Tuttle Creek Lake affect Wildcat Creek?
17. Will the City issue permits to rebuild or repair homes if flooding occurs?
18. Will my power be shut off?
19. What if I return to my residence and find damage?
20. Is there a curfew in place?
21. Are any roads closed?
22. What can I do about mosquitoes?