Floodplain Management

To review the recently released draft CHAMP Floodplain Maps, individuals can access this page or visit the Larimer County website at www.larimer.org/engineering/floodplains. Once at that site, select 'Estes Valley Floodplain Maps' to access the draft maps. For questions and information on navigating the maps, please reach out to the Town's Floodplain Engineer, Jennifer Waters at 970-577-3740 or floodplainmgmt@estes.org.

Floodplain Management is a service of the Town to assist, inform, educate, and assist property owners in reducing flood damage. This includes regulatory, mitigation, and resiliency efforts. Regulatory includes mapping, zoning, and building requirements among other areas.

One such area in floodplain management is the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This is a federal program that enables property owners to purchase flood insurance. Established by Congress through the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, the NFIP is operated under the jurisdiction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB). This flood insurance is designed to provide an alternative to federal disaster assistance for property damage caused by floods.

Estes Park joined the NFIP in the early 1970s and since that time, the Town has been active in floodplain management. The goals of the program are to:

  • Reduce flood hazards,
  • Regulate floodplain activities,
  • Educate the public about floods and floodplains.

By participating in the NFIP, flood insurance is available to local property owners, and the Town is eligible for Federal and State funds following a flood event.

The Town has four major drainage basins with mapped floodplains. Since the 2013 flood event, FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) may no longer accurately reflect flood risk in Estes Park. The Town of Estes Park is now regulating to the hydrology studies completed in 2014 and 2017, and floodplain regulations revised in 2019. The Town is actively coordinating with the CWCB and the CHAMP team to obtain a revised FEMA Flood Insurance Study and revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
For insurance purposes, a determination as to whether or not your property (within the Town limits) is in a mapped regulatory flood hazard area can be requested by emailing floodplainmgmt@estes.org or by contacting Jennifer Waters, Floodplain Engineer, at 970-577-3740.

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