Know Your Flood Hazard
Contact the Community Development Department to find information about the risk of flooding to a property you own, are considering purchasing or are selling. Community Development Department staff is available to provide assistance with reading flood maps and determining flood zones, providing information needed for flood insurance policies, and providing copies of Elevation Certificates for specific properties. The Town of Frisco maintains elevation certificates for new and substantially improved structures; however, elevation certificates may not be available for buildings that were built prior to the elevation certificate requirement. The Town of Frisco has elevation certificates on file for the following properties:
- 95 Riverside Place
- 200 North 7th Avenue
- 203 North 7th Avenue
- 310 North 5th Avenue
- 82 Stonebridge Drive
- 84 Stonebridge Drive
You can also visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Map Service Center website to search the address of your property to find out the flood map number covering your property and the effective date of the flood map. From the Map Service Center you can view a web version of the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and learn your flood zone.
Insure Your Property for Your Flood Hazard
Visit the FloodSmart website to find out more about flood insurance, why it is needed, how to purchase flood insurance, and more. The following documents provide additional information on flood insurance available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP):
Protect People and Property from the Flood Hazard
- Flooding in Frisco commonly occurs when the winter snowpack begins to melt in the mountain ranges surrounding town limits. The Summit County Swift-Water Safety & Flood Preparedness Guide is a citizen’s handbook that discusses the history of our local high water events, summarizes the flooding action plans of the local public works departments and law enforcement agencies, and provides basic sandbagging information.
- Visit the Summit County Office of Emergency Management website for additional updates about flood emergencies and how to protect yourself during floods and other hazard events.
- Sign up for Summit County Alert System to receive emergency communications via cell phone or landline telephone, text message, e-mail, and social media channels. When flood and other emergencies are imminent or ongoing you will receive real time updates about local hazards and how to stay safe. The emergency alert system is powered by CodeRED and coordinated by the Summit County Office of Emergency Management.
- Heed Flood Warnings. Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated flood information. A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. A food WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground immediately and stay there.
- Monitor local stream flows and stream flow projections. You can view real-time stream gauge flow and height data for Ten Mile Creek in Frisco on the USGS’s National Water Information System. The National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service also provides hydrologic predictions for Ten Mile Creek in Frisco.
- Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle or if you come across a flooded road while driving, stop, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
- Create and practice a Disaster Plan. Talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a flood occurs. Decide where you would meet and who you would contact in case of flooding. Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit. Be prepared to evacuate your family and pets at a moment’s notice. Visit the Ready.gov website for additional emergency preparedness information.
The Town of Frisco regulates construction and development activities in the floodplain through Chapter 97, Flood Hazard Area, of the Frisco Town Code. Development is defined as: “Any man-made change in improved and unimproved real estate, including but not limited to buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations or storage of equipment or materials.” The Community Development Department administers the permit requirements for construction and development in the floodplain. A Floodplain Development Permit is required for all development proposed to occur on properties located within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) as identified on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). These applications may be processed concurrently with an associated site plan review and building permit applications.