Flooding in Roanoke County

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Every year hurricanes and storms hit the Roanoke Valley, posing a potential danger of rising water levels in our streams and rivers.

Most of the flooding is caused by flash flooding. Flash flooding occurs when natural and engineered drainage courses overflow, causing serious flooding in a short time. The storm water can flood buildings, yards, bridges, and streets.

Elevation Certificates

An Elevation Certificate is a document that provides information necessary to verify that the building of interest is in compliance with local floodplain management ordinances and aids in the proper evaluation of an insurance premium. The elevation certificate can also be used to support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment or Revision (LOMA OR LOMR-F). 

To learn more about how to fill out an Elevation Certificate and for step-by step instructions, visit FEMA's website at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/160?id=1383

Contact Us

If you have questions, comments, or want to report a flooding problem, please call the County's Floodplain Manager at 540-772-2037.