Residential & Business Properties
Many factors influence flooding, including the rate of snow melt and precipitation received as the weather warms. All property owners near the creeks or other water bodies should assess the risk to their land and buildings.
- Properties located in the "100-Year Flood Plain." Roughly 490 addresses are located in FEMA’s 100-Year Flood Plain. When Minneapolis experienced high water levels and was preparing some potential flooding in the spring of 2011, the City of Minneapolis notified these property owners that if they do not currently have flood insurance, most insurance companies would not provide coverage until 30 days after flood coverage is added to a policy.
- Every property in Minneapolis. All property owners near the creeks or other water bodies should assess the risk to their land and buildings. Check to see if your property resides in an area at risk of flooding. Contact your insurance company to see what coverage you have and whether flood protection insurance would benefit you.
Flood Risk Maps
- The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District website has an updated map of areas along the creek at the greatest risk of flooding.
- For information to help determine if your home is in a flood plain, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has an online database of 100-year flood plain maps.
Protecting Your Property
Building and stacking sandbags:
- North Dakota State University has information online to help you set up sandbags. It includes information on design, location and estimation of the number of sandbags needed.
- Getting sandbags - Below are some metro area businesses that sell sandbags and sandbagging materials:
- Getting sand and gravel - Below are some metro area businesses that sell sand and gravel that could be used for flood prevention:
PLEASE NOTE: The City of Minneapolis provides flood and flood prevention information as a courtesy and service to its citizens and shall not and does not warrant nor endorse in any manner the information provided. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and should not be relied on for any official purpose. Prediction of the extent or duration of flooding is imprecise and based on many assumptions about snow and ice conditions and how water will move across land and within surface water channels and basins. All future flooding scenarios are also affected significantly by weather conditions, including, but not limited to, temperatures and patterns of snowfall and rainfall. Any information of how far floodwaters may reach or how long they may remain there, generally or with respect to a specific property, does not necessarily represent the most likely scenario and the City of Minneapolis does not represent any particular level of probability associated with any predicted scenarios. Property owners and other interested people should rely on a licensed surveyor or other professional retained for specific advice concerning their properties. The City of Minneapolis strictly disclaims any and all warranties on use of the flood and flood prevention information for any purpose.
Last updated Jun 19, 2014