Floodplain Management

The Town Planner is designated as the Floodplain Administrator for the Town of Smyrna. Please contact Kevin Rigsby in the Planning Department at (615) 355-5706 for any questions. 
Town of Smyrna Permit Procedure
Applications for a development permit shall be made to the Floodplain Administrator prior to any development activities. The development permit may include, but is not limited to the following: plans in duplicate drawn to scale and showing the nature, location, dimensions, and elevations of the area in question; existing or proposed structures, earthen fill placement, storage of materials or equipment, and drainage facilities.

Town of Smyrna Floodplain Development Permit Application

Development within floodplains and additional information pertaining to floodplains can be found to its full extent in Article IX within the Town of Smyrna Zoning Ordinance.What is a flood map?
Flood maps show a community's risk of flooding. Specifically, flood maps show a community's flood zone, floodplain boundaries, and base flood elevation.
What does my flood zone mean?
Everyone lives in an area with some flood risk - it's just a question of whether you live in a high-risk, low-risk, or moderate-risk flood area. Flood zones are indicated in a community's flood map. Each flood zone describes the flood risk for a particular area, and those flood zones are used to determine insurance requirements and costs.
What are the moderate to low-risk and high-risk flood zones?
  • Moderate to low-risk flood areas are designated with the letters B, C, and X on FEMA flood maps. In these areas, the risk of being flooded is reduced, but not completely removed.
  • High-risk flood areas begin with the letters A or V on FEMA flood maps. These areas face the highest risk of flooding. If you own a property in a high-risk zone and have a federally backed mortgage, you are required to purchase flood insurance as a condition of that loan.
Preparing for a Flood:

  • Know your risk for flooding
  • Purchase flood insurance
  • Preparing for a flood:
    • Make an emergency plan for all members of the household, including pets
    • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response
    • Gather supplies, including non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and water for several days in the event utilities are cut off in your area
    • In case of emergency, keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password protected digital copies. Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

Stay Safe During a Flood:

  • Evacuate immediately, if told to evacuate.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions regarding flooding.
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn around. Don't drown.
  • Stay inside your car if it is trapped in rapidly moving water. Get on the roof if water is rising inside the car.
  • Get to the highest level if trapped inside a building. Only get on the roof if necessary and signal for help. Do not climb into a closed attic to avoid getting trapped by rising floodwater.
  • Staying Safe After a Flood:
  • Pay attention to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities deemed it safe to do so.
  • Avoid driving except in emergencies.
  • Wear protective equipment (gloves, masks, boots, etc) during cleanup.
  • People with asthma should not enter buildings with mold growth that can be seen or smelled. Children should not take part in disaster cleanup work.
  • Be aware that snakes and other animals may be in your residence.
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. Turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock if it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can be contaminated and contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows.
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FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Panels - Revised May 9, 202320 documents

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FEMA Map Panels - Revised January 5, 20072 documents

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