Why is it important to manage floodplains?
The primary goal of floodplain management is to prevent loss of life and reduce property damage from flooding. Obviously, floodplains with very little development suffer less damage than areas with large numbers of homes and businesses. One of the major hazards in all floods is when broken homes, boat docks, trailers, cars, buildings and other objects are carried downstream by raging floodwaters, damaging everything in their path. That is why floodplain management, including sound programs and policies concerning how and where structures can be built, is extremely important.