Property values can be adversely impacted by floods because of
the damage they cause to homes, businesses and properties.
Communities along waterways have experienced damage from flooding
and the negative economic impact that it inflicts. Additionally,
residents and business owners are faced with expensive cleanup
and repair costs. Potential real estate buyers are less likely
to purchase property and business owners are less likely to locate
in areas prone to periodic flooding.
To see how floods have devastated this region in the last century,
visit the HISTORY section.
The Chippewa Flood Control System will not eliminate flooding,
but rather the system reduces both the area of flood inundation
as well as the length of time that some properties may be inundated.
This photo shows flood water exceeding the banks of the Chippewa
Creek and spilling onto the flood plain. Normally, the waterline
is 8 feet below the road. In less than 24 hours after the storm
had passed, the road was dry and creek flow was within its banks
because of the drainage features installed as part of the Flood
Control System. To see more recent flooding, visit the section
on storm events.
To understand why our region is so prone to flooding, visit the
section on regional
Your property assessment is essential to maintaining
the Chippewa Flood Control System. By providing adequate funding
to maintain the system, we are able to take a proactive role in
the maintenance of our shared investment. This is an investment
that helps to preserve the property value of your home and the
safety and stability of our communities.