Floodplain Management

Do You Know Your Flood Risk?

Event:  FEMA WorkshopJanuary 29th, 2020, 4 pm to 6 pm, 

Board of County Commissioners Chambers

2100 E. Walt Williams Drive

Pahrump, NV 89048

The Nye County Planning Department would like to announce a local workshop hosted by: Nye County, Nevada Division of Water Resources, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region IX, to provide information on the pending revised Flood Rate Insurance Maps (FIRMs), covering the southern area of Nye County.

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Figure 1: Area of Nye County, NV covered by the Pending Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

Use the hyperlink below to view the interactive map and learn how your property is affected.

Nye County Pending Revised FEMA Flood Hazards

These revisions are a part of Nye County’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to provide Nye County residents with access to flood insurance and to ensure that federal disaster assistance is available in a federally declared disaster.  The pending revised FIRMs become effective March 6, 2020.

For additional information, plan to attend the January 29th, 2020 FEMA Workshop, between 4 pm and 6 pm, held in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers, located at 2100 E. Walt Williams Drive, Pahrump, NV 89048.  Everyone is welcomed to freely attend anytime during the hours of the event.

For questions prior to the workshop, please contact Cheryl Beeman, by phone at (775) 751-4248 or by email at cbeeman@co.nye.nv.us.

Flood Insurance Study (FIS)

The current  Flood Insurance Study can be found here. The FIS is a compilation of the mapping, terrain analysis, factors affecting flooding, projected flood elevations, velocities, and floodway dimensions conducted by FEMA’s Mitigation Division to create the community FIRMS.

Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the United States, and it is vital that property owners understand their risk and take advantage of tools, programs and flood insurance that is available to them.

Understanding Floodplain

Flood Damage Prevention applies to all of Nye County and property Floodplain Procedures must be adhered to. Follow this link to Nye County Code Title 15, Chapter 15.12. All development within Nye County must submit a Flood Damage Prevention Application/Permit to the Flood Plain Administrator. If development is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area, the Floodplain Administrator is required to review and document all development or substantial improvement to determine if the site is reasonably safe from flooding, State and Federal Permits are obtained, and that Nye County Standards of Construction are adhered to.

Elevation Certificates

Elevation Certificates for Nye County are maintained on file at the Pahrump Building & Safety Department and by the Nye County Floodplain Administrator. To obtain an Elevation certificate and instructions visit the FEMA website.

Elevation Certificates are used to help ensure that all new buildings and substantial improvements in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) are properly elevated. This elevation information is required in order to ensure that all new building projects maintain compliance with NFIP guidelines. FEMA has developed an elevation certificate template to help ensure that building elevation information is recorded uniformly. FEMA’s elevation certificate may be used to obtain flood insurance.

Nye County Floodplain Administrator review of the Elevation Certificate Application requires a fee of $75.00 payable to Nye County Planning at the time of intake. 

For information on Flood Elevation Certificates that may be on file contact either the Floodplain Administrator at 775-751-4249 or Nye County Building and Safety at 775-751-3773.