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Floodplain Regulations

Submitted By Mary Grube, Planning Department

The City of Baker and the County of Fallon updated their Floodplain Hazard Management Regulations in 2014.  The statutory authority is found in the Montana Codes Annotated (MCA) Title 76 Chapter 5 and in the Montana Administrative Rule (ARM) 36, Chapter 15.

The purpose of the Floodplain Hazard Management Regulations is to promote the public health, safety and general welfare of the residents and minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in the Regulated Flood Hazard Areas. These regulations are intended to 1) protect human life and health; 2) minimize expenditure of public money for costly flood control projects; 3) minimize the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with flooding and generally undertaken at the expense of the general public; 4) minimize prolonged business and public service interruptions; 5) minimize damage to public facilities and utilities such as water and gas mains, electric, telephone and sewer lines, streets and bridges; 6) help maintain a stable tax base by providing for the sound use and development of flood-prone areas in such a manner as to minimize future flood disruptions; and to 7) ensure compliance with the minimum standards for the continued participation in the National Flood Insurance Program for the benefits of the residents.

The Fallon County Flood Hazard Management Regulations can be found at falloncounty.net under the Planning Department and The City of Baker Flood Hazard Management Regulations can be found on the City of Baker Website at www.bakermt.us. Please contact the Fallon County Planning Department if you reside in a flood hazard area or are uncertain if your property is in a flood hazard area, before beginning any work as required by State Statute and our Regulations at 406-778-7111. I will be happy to answer any questions surrounding the Flood Plain Regulations.