Flood Programs

Voluntary Floodproofing Cost-Share Assistance

MRBC’s Retrofitting Cost-Share Assistance Program provides assistance to owners of single-family residential structures, manufactured homes, multi-family apartment buildings and non-residential structures. MRBC provides cost-share assistance on a 75% (MRBC) - 25% (owner) basis to homeowners for the purpose of retrofitting their structure to reduce the overall damage potential resulting from flooding. The cost-share assistance will be limited to the following maximums for structures located within the 1% event (100-year) and 0.20% event (500-year) Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs):

Structure Type 1% event
.2% event
Single Family Residence $5,000 $2,500
Multi-Family Structure $7,500 $3,750
Manufactured/Mobile Home $1,500 $750
Commercial Structure $10,000 $5,000

 Limited funding prevented any activity in this program for 2007-2008.

Voluntary Buyout Cost-Share Assistance

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Voluntary Agricultural Land-Use Conversion

This program is intended to reduce the agricultural flood damage potential in the Basin by using prevention methods such as:

  • Filterstrips
  • Grass buffer Zones
  • French Drains
  • Wetland Restorations
  • Woodland / Reforestation
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MRBC Land Use Information

MRBC performed a comprehensive inventory of the various types of land use throughout the Maumee River Basin. Aerial photography flown in 1996 was used in Adams, DeKalb, Noble, and Steuben Counties.  Allen County's Land Use data is from 1986 aerial photography. 

The inventory was broken down into six (6) major categories: Cropland, Woodland, Non-Agricultural, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Residential, and Ponds.  This inventory will serve as the Baseline Data for the purpose of monitoring future Land Use changes throughout the Maumee River Basin.   

Localized Flood Mitigation and Flood Control

Stream Obstruction Removal

Annual Stream Maintenance, including removal of stream obstructions such as logjams, helps prevent existing flood damages from increasing in the future. 

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MRBC Flood Hazard Identification Program

Benefits of detailed Flood Insurance Studies

Flood Hazard Identification has proven to be the most effective approach to flood damage reduction by preventing structures from being located within flood prone areas. Flood Insurance Studies are the mechanism by which these Hazard Areas are Identified.