The City of Riley is participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide home owners, renters and businesses in participating community’s access to affordable, federally backed Flood insurance.
As part of our participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, the city has adopted a floodplain management ordinance to reduce future flood risks to new construction in the Special Flood Hazard areas (SFHAs). The benefit of this program, for those in the Floodplain, may be access to federally backed flood insurance or reduced costs of their insurance.
The goal of this program is not only to provide access to flood insurance, but to educate the public about the dangers of flooding to reduce the risk of loss of life and damage to property. To accomplish this goal, the city is making multiple forms of information available to the public. There will be notices placed on the city’s webpage regarding flood safety throughout the year; FEMA publications on flood management are available at the library, Links for flood safety and management are here on the city’s webpage.
Special Food Safety Notices
Special NFIP/CRS Message
Flood insurance is available to cover all properties, not just those within the Special Flood Hazard Area. “Everyone in our community can buy a flood insurance policy. Call your insurance agent.”
Flooding remains a concern during the winter months. One doesn't usually think of this being a problem, however it may still occur. The winter causes of flooding are naturally invovling snow and and ice melt. This can be related to frozen pipes, ice dams on roofs, snow collected next to foundations.
Most common in our area would be frozen pipes. Water pipes routed through cold areas of a structure such as basements, crawl spaces and attics are at risk of freezing and bursting. This can lead to large amounts of water entering the home and damaging property. To prevent this from occuring, insulation may be added to pipes in areas at risk of freezing, seal cracks in walls and foundations that allow cold air in, during severely cold periods of time leave the water on slightly. This may result in temporarily higher water bills but that is far cheaper than repairs and clean up after a burst pipe.
Ice dams on roofs occur where there is build up of snow and ice at the edge of a roof. As the structure warms up during the day the snow will melt and water can build up behind the snow dam. This allows the water to sit and soak back through the shingles and into the home. This leads to damaged insulation, ceilings, walls, and contents. To remediate the issue, you may remove snow from a roof with a snow rake or shovel. However great care should be taken not to become injured while doing so. It is suggested to do this if you have over a foot of snow build up on your roof. Calcium Chloride ice melt product may be used, but rock salt and sodium chloride should be be avoided as they are corrosive and may damage the roof.
Snow build up near the foundation. There is a risk of basement flooding should a large storm producing 8 or more inches of snow build-up. As this snow melts, there will be large amounts of water entering the soil near the foundation. This can be a problem if it seeps through the foundation or basement windows. To remediate this issue one may simply remove the snow from around the foundation and inspect basement walls for cracks that need to be sealed before winter. Sump pumps may be installed to remove accumulated water from the basement, however these must not discharge into municipal sewer systems and will need to be pipe out and away from the structure.
Riley Flood Hazard area map