Floodplain Management

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Know Your Flood Risk

In the City of Martinsburg, flooding and other drainage problems can result after several inches of rain in a short period of time or after several days of continued rain. Over the past 20 years, our community has experienced storms or rainfall events causing flood damage. If you are looking at buying a property, it is a good idea to check out the possible flood hazard before you buy.

Know Your Local Floodplain Management Regulations

Martinsburg regulates construction and development in identified floodplains to ensure buildings are protected from flood damage. Filling and similar projects are prohibited in certain areas. Houses that are considered substantially damaged (i.e., more than 50% of its market value) by fire, flood or other causes must be elevated to above the flood level when they are repaired.

Flood Protection

A building can be protected from most flood hazards, sometimes at relatively low cost. New building and additions can be elevated above the flood levels. Existing buildings can be protected from shallow floodwaters with some simple retrofitting measures.

Certified Floodplain Manager

The City of Martinsburg has a Certified Floodplain Manager, located in the Planning Department. Services offered include site visits and recommendations for:

  • Retrofitting
  • Drainage Improvements
  • Flood Proofing
  • Elevation
  • Addition
  • Demolition
  • Relocation
  • Stream/Creek Maintenance
  • Mitigation Options

Certified Floodplain Managers are also available to provide information regarding:

  • Building Code
  • Maps
  • Historical Data
  • Basic Insurance Information
  • Financial Assistance Advice
  • City of Martinsburg Flood Map Availability

Available Services

  • FEMA Map Review
  • Special Flood Hazard Area Determination
  • Floodway Determination
  • Base Flood Elevations as Noted on FEMA Profiles
  • Elevation Certificates (available for review)
  • Basic Flood Insurance Information
  • Certified Flood Plain Manager
  • Building Requirements
  • Flood-proofing Requirements


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