The City of Delaware is located within the Olentangy and Scioto River Watersheds. These flood hazard areas require additional local and federal safeguards to be implemented through zoning restrictions and supplemental building requirements. The City of Delaware is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In exchange for adopting and enforcing floodplain management Ordinances, the NFIP makes Federally backed flood insurance available to homeowners, renters, and business owners within the community. These requirements are designed to maximize safety of persons and structures in flood hazard areas and reduce and minimize damage as a result of flooding. The City of Delaware does not allow any construction within a floodway.
In the City of Delaware, the Floodplain Administrator is the Chief Building Official. The Floodplain Administrator determines if a given structure is or will be located within a flood hazard area and verifies that the construction or alteration is built to prescribed floodproofing standards and will have no adverse impact to the flood hazard area.
The Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) can be found on the FEMA website.