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Any land area susceptible to being inundated by water from any source. These areas are expected to become inundated with flood water at least once in 100 years (and possibly more often).
Information on Albany County floodplains can be found in the Flood Damage Prevention Resolution (PDF). Additionally, you may come into the Planning Office to see the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) or you may come in and speak with the County Water and Wastewater Engineer, Barney Bisson.
If your property is located within a floodplain and you are planning to make changes (such as excavation or construction), you will need to fill out an Application for a Floodplain Development Permit (PDF) through the Planning Office. The County Water and Wastewater Engineer is available to assist you with any questions you may have about this application.
The owner of the property can petition the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for a “Letter of map change” where the property will be evaluated more extensively to see if an error is present.
If you have questions about floodplains, you may contact the Albany County Planning office, at 307-721-2568.