The City of Des Moines annually distributes door hangers to properties that are located within Special Flood Hazard Areas, as delineated on Flood Insurance Rate Maps, in an effort to help residents protect themselves. A copy can be found here. In areas that have flooded numerous times in recent years, called repetitive loss areas, we annually mail residents a letter that discusses ways to prepare for flooding, protect from flooding, and to obtain flood insurance. A copy of the letter can be found here.
The City of Des Moines also sends a letter annually to local realtors, lenders, and insurance carriers informing them of what type of information is available to them concerning Special Flood Hazard Areas. All federally insured lending institutions are obligated to require flood insurance of borrowers for properties located within SFHAs beginning with the letter A. A copy of the letter can be found here.
Additional flood zone information can be found on FEMA's website, as well as at the central library located downtown at 1000 Grand Avenue. Documents available at this library are listed in a letter from the Library Director, a copy of which can be found here.
City Press Releases
Application for Certificate of Compliance - Plats
Application for Certificate of Compliance - Buildings
Flood Hazard Zone Information
Notice: Special Hazard Areas
Flood Information Brochure
Flood Information Repetitive Loss Letter
Flood Mitigation and Levee Maintenance
Preliminary FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Warren County and a letter from FEMA
Preliminary FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Polk County and a letter from FEMA
Residential Flood Zone FAQ
Zoning Information and Documents
Iowa Flood Center