Flood risk a

Floodplains are areas adjacent to rivers and streams that are subject to natural, recurring overflow, and are therefore “flood-prone”. Changing weather patterns, erosion, and development can affect floodplain boundaries. To identify a community's flood risk, FEMA regularly conducts a Flood Insurance Study. The study includes statistical data for river flow, storm tides, hydrologic/hydraulic analyses, and rainfall and topographic surveys. FEMA uses this data to create and update flood hazard maps. 

The Washington Township's Floodplain Management is a program of corrective and preventative measures for reducing flood damage. These measures take a variety of forms and generally include requirements for zoning, subdivision or building, and special-purpose floodplain ordinances. The Township maintains copies of all floodplain revision requests, either approved or denied, for building and construction permitting.
Contact FEMA  for access to maps – FIRMS (flood insurance rate maps) and FHM (flood hazard mapping) on line, flood insurance information, forms and publications.

For additional information, please contact
          Bonnie Krauss in the Department of Public works
            (586) 786-0010 press 1230 or by email.

Michigan Floodplain Management Quick Guide 2013  (PDF brochure)
National Flood Insurance Program (website)
Federal Disaster Assistance (website)