The Town of Chenango provides flood damage prevention through the application and enforcement of our zoning ordinance: Learn more: Chapter 39.
What to do before, during and after a flood
Flooding is one of the most common weather hazards to occur in the United States causing millions of dollars of damage each year. The Broome County area is no exception to this rule nor is the Town of Chenango. The best defense against flooding problems is to be prepared.
One of the best ways to prepare for a flood is to determine your vulnerability to one. Are you located in a flood zone? Do you have an emergency kit? Do you have insurance?
Am I located in a flood zone? Broome County’s GIS UPIS is one way to see if your property is located in the flood zone. Just click on the parcel locations and follow the instructions to locate your property. The information will display if you are in a flood zone. Flooding, however, is not just restricted to those areas, flooding can occur anywhere it rains.
Current flooding situations There is a wealth of information at the USGS from drought conditions to current stream flows. You can also use the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service to monitor current and forecasted river conditions. You can also review flood inundation maps here.
How do I get flood insurance? Flood insurance is offered through the federal government’s NFIP program. The Town of Chenango is a participating community.
I thought FEMA paid for damages? FEMA will only provide aid if Independent Assistance is part of a declared disaster and it doesn’t always cover all of your costs. To determine what kind of aid you might be eligible for go here.
What can I do to prepare? There are several ways to prepare for a flood and other natural or man-made disasters. Emergency kits are one good way for flooding or other emergency situations.
How do I know a flood is coming? There are many ways to get notified of potential emergency situations. Have you signed up for NY-Alert? Check the National Weather Service webpage for frequent updates and warnings.
Where can I go for help? The American Red Cross is very active in our area. If the unfortunate occurs and you need to evacuate you can look here or call (607) 778-1911 for help in locating the nearest shelter to you.
I’ve been flooded, what do I do now? Stay safe and make sure that it is okay for you to return to your home.