Canadian County is home to two major rivers, the North Canadian and the South Canadian, as well as multiple creeks making flooding a major concern for our citizens. A permit is required for any development in the Canadian County floodplains.
In 2000 Unincorporated Canadian County became a member of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in an effort to make flood insurance affordable to our citizens. As a requirement of the NFIP, the Commissioners formed a Floodplain Board and appointed a Certified Floodplain Manager to regulate the development inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated floodplains according to the adopted Floodplain Damage Prevention Regulations (PDF).
The Canadian County Floodplain Management program strives to educate the public about the importance of flood safety and encourages safer floodplain development by partnering with our citizens, neighboring communities and maintaining our permitting process.