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Flood Hazard Information

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On October 17, 2019, a community meeting was held at Clayton Elementary School providing residents affected by the July 24, 2018 flood an opportunity to share their stories, continued concerns, and ask questions of city staff and city council. 

Public Works Director Maria D'Andrea presented an update on system maintenance and repair, capital construction projects, necessary funding, and long-term planning.  Below are handouts from her presentation.  You can also view the meeting video here.


Understand Your Flood Risk

Anywhere it rains, it can flood.  All rivers, streams, tributaries, and canals — regardless of size — have the potential to flood.  There is a 26% chance that a high-risk area will be flooded during a 30-year period.  If a property was flooded previously, there is still the potential for that property to flood again.  Additionally, you are subject to local flooding, groundwater intrusion, and sewer backups.

Search your address on the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District Flood Hazard Map.
To determine your flood risk, complete the Flood Risk Profile.

The UDFCD now has a real-time map of rain totals for the past 3 hours, with looping radar imagery and National Weather Service warnings that are in effect.

Get Flood Insurance

Flood Insurance is recommended for everyone, but especially if you are in or near a mapped floodplain area.  Standard homeowners' insurance policies do not cover flood losses.  Property owners can insure their building and contents, and renters can insure just their contents (even if the owner does not insure the structure).  You cannot be denied flood insurance.  You do not need to be within a floodplain to qualify for flood insurance.

A local flood insurance agent can be located at

Protect Property from Flood Hazard

Before a Flood

  • Obtain flood insurance.
  • Keep trash and debris out of the drainage channels.
  • Ensure that water flows away from your house.
  • Report potential problems such as blocked culverts or people dumping debris in channels.
  • Construct barriers around window wells or other building openings to keep flood water from entering.  Keep materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber for emergency waterproofing.
  • Flood proof buildings to reduce potential flood damages to structures and contents.  Structural changes should be designed by a professional engineer. 
  • Ask a plumber about a valve to prevent sewage back-up.

After a Flood

  • Cover broken windows and holes in the roof or walls to prevent further weather damage.
  • Call your insurance agent.
  • Proceed with immediate clean-up measures to reduce any health hazards.
  • List and take photographs of ruined items before disposing of them.
  • Take photographs of the damage and keep record of repairs.
  • Show photographs to the insurance appraiser for verification.
  • Obtain all necessary permits for repairs.

Build Smarter, Safer, and Responsibly

Remember that all development in the floodplain (new construction, additions, remodels, filling, grading, etc.) requires a permit from the City of Englewood.  Obtain a Floodplain Development Permit before building, as construction in the floodway has special requirements.  Also, substantially damaged or improved building have special requirements.

Please contact the Public Works Department at 303-762-2500 or send an email to request details on how to obtain a Floodplain Development Permit.

Drainage Reports

Permit form

For More Information

The information on this page was provided by the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District.