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Floodplain Management
Floodplain Management
Pearl Street during the 1979 Easter Flood
The 1979 Easter Flood
The City of Jackson participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is a voluntary program from the Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) that makes federally-backed flood insurance available to property owners and renters in local communities that adopt and enforce a floodplain management ordinance to reduce future flood risks in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA).  FEMA produces Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) that identify flood risks and base flood elevations.  These maps are used in building regulation, insurance rate determination, and long range planning.  The Engineering Division staff works with local homeowners, lending institution, and insurance companies to educate about the risks of living in or near a floodplain. 

For more information on the City's Floodplain Management program, call the Engineering Division at 601-960-1651.

Flood Map Services
As a public service, the City of Jackson Engineering Division provides the following information regarding whether property located within the City of Jackson is located in special flood hazard areas as well as any other information on the Flood Insurance Rate Map such as:

1. The community number
2. The panel number and suffix
3. The date of the Firm index (cover panel)
4. The FIRM zone 
5. The Base flood elevation (the depth in AE zones)
6. The required building height
7. The elevation datum used on the FIRM, if other than NGVD

To request information from FIRM maps, please call us at (601) 960-1651 or stop by the Engineering Division office located at 200 S. President Street, Suite 424. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please have the property address or parcel number available when you contact us.

Flood Insurance Rate Maps are also available online on FEMA's Map Service Center website.

FEMA and City Forms
  • City of Jackson Floodplain Permit
    This form must be submitted to the Engineering Division before work begins on any project within the Special Flood Hazard Area.
  • FEMA Elevation Certificate with Instructions (Expires 7/31/15)
    This form must be submitted to the Engineering Division after construction is finished on all new or substantially improved structures.
  • FEMA Floodproofing Certificate (Expires 7/31/15)
    This form must be submitted to the Engineering Division twice as a part of any new or substantially improved non-residential structure that incorporates floodproofing materials: (1) before construction begins and (2) after construction has finished
  • FEMA Applications for Letter for Map Amendment or Revision:
    • MT-1 - Application for Conditional and Final Letters of Map Amendment (CLOMA and LOMA) and Conditional and Final Letters of Map Revision Based on Fill (CLOMR-F and COMP-F)
    • MT-2 - Application for Conditional Letters of Map Revision (CLOMR) and Letters of Map Revision (LOMR) (link to FEMA website)
    • MT-EZ - Application for Single Residental Structure or Lot Amendments (LOMA)
    • FEMA Online LOMC (link to FEMA website)

FEMA Technical Bulletins
FEMA Technical Bulletins provide helpful information for building in Special Flood Hazard Areas.
  • 1-08- Openings in Foundation Walls and Walls of Enclosures 
Provides guidance on NFIP regulations concerning the requirements for openings in foundation walls for buildings located in any A zone (including A and AE)
  • 2-08- Flood-Resistant Materials Requirements
Provides guidance on NFIP regulations concerning the use of flood-damage resistant construction materials for building components located below the flood protection level. Only non-residential structures can be floodproofed.
  • 3-93- Non-Residential Floodproofing Requirements and Certification
Provides guidance on NFIP regulations concerning watertight construction and the required certification for floodproofed non-residential buildings whose lowest floors are below the base flood elevation. Only non-residential structures can be floodproofed.
  • 4-10- Elevator Installation 
    Provides guidance on NFIP regulations concerning the installation of elevators below the base flood elevation.
  • 6-93- Below Grade Parking Requirements
    Provides guidance on NFIP regulations concerning the installation of below grade parking structures in any A zone (including A and AE).
  • 7-93- Wet Floodproofing Requirements
    Provides guidance on NFIP regulations concerning wet floodproofing of certain types of structures in any A zone (including A and AE).
  • 10-01- Ensuring that Structures Built on Fill In or Near Special Flood Hazard Areas are Reasonably Safe From Flooding
    Provides guidance on construction techniques that can be used to ensure that structures are reasonably safe from flooding.
  • 11-01- Crawlspace Construction for Buildings Located in Special Flood Hazard Areas
    Provides guidance on NFIP regulations and best practices for crawlspace construction in a Special Flood Hazard Area.