Studies

Flood Insurance Study (FIS)

This Flood Insurance Study (FIS) revises and updates information on the existence and severity of flood hazards in the geographic area of La Crosse County, including the Cities of La Crosse and Onalaska; the Villages of Bangor, Holmen, Rockland, and West Salem; and the unincorporated areas of La Crosse County (referred to collectively herein as La Crosse County), and aids in the administration of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 and the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973. This study has developed flood-risk data for various areas of the community that will be used to establish actuarial flood insurance rates and to assist the community in its efforts to promote sound floodplain management. Minimum floodplain management requirements for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations at 44 CFR, 60.3.

In some states or communities, floodplain management criteria or regulations may exist that are more restrictive or comprehensive than the minimum Federal requirements. In such cases, the more restrictive criteria take precedence and the State (or other jurisdictional agency) will be able to explain them.

The Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) and FIS report for this countywide study have been produced in digital format. Flood hazard information was converted to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) DFIRM database specifications and Geographic Information System (GIS) format requirements. The flood hazard information was created and is provided in a digital format so that it can be incorporated into a local GIS and be accessed more easily by the community.

Flood Profiles (FIS)

Profile data for engineers, land surveyors, and developers