County's Flood Hazard
Laramie County Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
Protecting Yourself From Flooding
Flood Warning System
in Laramie County that live near the following watersheds
may be in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) as delineated
by the Federal Emergency Management, Agency (FEMA):
County would like you to be aware of this potential hazard
and what you can do to increase your personal safety and
decrease your exposure to property damage during a flood.
Flood maps and flood protection references are available
at the Laramie County
Library. Additional flood information such as Base Flood
Elevations for FEMA regulated floodplains, information on
flood proofing a building,licensed contractors and information
on how to select a contractor can be obtained by visiting
with Laramie County Planning Department Staff. This office
is located at:
3966 Archer Pkwy
Cheyenne, WY 82009
County's Flood Hazard
in Laramie County is typically caused by heavy thunderstorm
activity which can occur from late spring through early fall.
This type of thunderstorm was evidenced most recently on
August 1, 1985. This storm event resulted in a 24-hour record
rainfall, 12 deaths and $65 million in property damage with
significant flooding along Dry Creek and Crow Creek.
in the SFHA may consist of shallow ponding or overbank flooding
and flood depths may exceed two (2) feet. This type of flooding
can cause local drainage problems such as backed up sewers
and storm sewers designed to drain streets and ponding in
certain areas. In some cases, yard ponding will cause or
aggravate basement flooding. Flooded streets and yards can
cause or aggravate both health and safety issues and disrupt
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is based on the FEMA 100 year designation.
County Floodplain Map is in .pdf format. It can be printed
on 36x48 size paper, using a large format printer, it is
not recommended to print to smaller paper sizes and smaller
printers. The map can be viewed, downloaded or printed from
Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat Reader and
wish to obtain it, this link will take you to the Adobe site.
County Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
have been distributed by FEMA and represent the most recent
edition available. The United States Geological Service converted
the maps to a form compatible for use in this website. Any
FEMA approved changes to these maps, after the date displayed
on each panel, may not be included in this presentation format.
The Community Panel Number for Cheyenne is 560030 and for Laramie County it is 560029.
County Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) can be downloaded
from the links below. The maps are in a PDF format
and can be viewed in Adobe Reader. Please click here to get Adobe Reader.
These images may take a long time to download depending
on the speed of the Internet connection you are using,
because of the large file sizes.You can use the index map
to determine which of the FIRM maps you want to download. (Please note: Map 56021CIND0A is the Map Index.)
represents all certificates that have been completed and
filed with the Laramie County Planning Office since March
1, 2002. All Elevation Certificates are in .pdf format, and
are designed to be printed on 8.5x11 size paper. If you do
not have Acrobat Reader and wish to obtain it, this link will take you to the Adobe site.
To download the current FEMA Elevation Certificate form, click here.
information and copies of Elevation Certificates may be obtained
from the Laramie County Planning Office located at:
3966 Archer Pkwy
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Yourself From Flooding
have experienced water problems in the past, you should not
wait for the problem to go away. Here are some things you
about floodproofing and get more information from the Laramie
County Library on the measures appropriate for your building.
out flood insurance coverage.
about the County's construction and dumping regulations.
Follow these rules and report violoations to the Laramie
County Planning Department at 633-4303.
Floodproofing a structure means altering it so damage from
floodwaters will be reduced or eliminated. Different floodproofing
techniques are appropriate for various types of buildings.
Use the following as a guidline:
you have a basement, split level or other floor below ground
level, read the Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting:
Six Ways to Protect your house from Flooding (FEMA
publication 312). This document can be read at the Laramie
County Public Library, ordered (for free) from FEMA by
calling 800-480-2520 or viewed and downloaded from the FEMA web
your structure is on a slab foundation, investigate a low
floodwall, berm or "dry floodproofing" (i.e.
making the walls watertight and closing all the openings
when a flood occurs).
your structure were on a crawlspace, a low floodwall, berm
or "wet floodproofing" would be a benefit. "Wet
floodproofing" means moving all items subject to damage
out of harm's way so water can flow into the crawlspace
and not cause any problems.
FEMA's recent publication, Protecting, Building Utilities
From Flood Damage can be viewed or downloaded from the FEMA website.
Measures: No matter what kind of building you have, some
last minute emergency measures can always help. For example,
you could move valuable items (i.e. photos, antiques) or
items most damaged by floodwaters (i.e. upholstered furniture)
up to a higher level. You can place sandbags or plastic sheeting
in front of doorways and other low entry points.
emergency protection measures you use, it is always best
to have a plan written in advance to make sure you do not
forget anything after the flood warning has been issued.
is highly recommended. Remember, even if the last storm or
flood missed you or you have done something to protect your
structure from water, the next flood could be worse. Most
homeowner insurance policies do not cover a property for
damage by floodwaters.
County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Due to this, insurance agents can sell a flood insurance
policy under rules and rates set by FEMA. Any agent can sell
a policy and all agents must charge the same rates. In addition,
Laramie County participates in the Community Rating System
Program through FEMA and has a class 8 rating. This rating
allows all flood insurance policy holders to receive a 10%
discount on the cost of their policy.
even one that has experienced flooding, can be covered by
flood insurance. Detached garages and accessory buildings
are covered under the policy for the lots main structure.
Separate coverage can be obtained for the contents of the
not wait for the next flood to buy insurance protection.
There is a 30-day waiting period before National Flood
Insurance coverage takes effect. Contact your insurance
agent for information on rates and types of coverage available.
walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause
of flood deaths. Currents can be deceptive with six inches
of moving water capable of knocking down an individual off
their feet. Use a pole or stick to help ensure before going
through an area where the water is not flowing.
drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their
automobiles than anywhere else. Don't drive around road barriers
- the road or bridge may be washed out.
from power lines and electical wires. The number two flood
killer is electrocution as electrical current can travel
through water. Report downed power lines to Xcel Engery at
you step. After a flood, the ground and floors are covered
with debris including broken bottles and nails. Floors and
stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery.
for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Do
not smoke or use candles, lanterns, or an open flame unless
you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been
ventilated. If you smell gas odor call Xcel Energy at 800-895-2999.
that got wet. Typically floodwaters have picked up sewage
and chemicals from roads, farms, factories and storage buildings.
Spoiled food, flooded cosmetics and medicine can be health
hazards. When in doubt, throw them out.
care of yourself. Recovering from a flood is a big job. It
is tough on the body and spirit with the emotional effects
possibly lasting for an extended period of time. Be alert
for signs of anxiety, stress and fatigue.
flood safety information can be obtained at FEMA.
County has established an early flood warning system. A system
of gages will alert officials of raising waters along Dry
Creek, Crow Creek, Spring Creek and in the Buffalo Ridge
area. The gages are monitored by the National Weather Service
and maintained by the United States Geological Service. In
the event of a flood emergency, the National Weather Service
will alert the weather radio service, 911 Dispatch Center
and the Laramie County Emergency Management Department.
County has established an outdoor warning system that is
administered by the Laramie County Emergency Management Department.
If sirens are activated, residents are encouraged to go into
their homes and access a local affiliated Emergency
Alert System (EAS) radio or television station to hear updated
information and instruction. The current EAS radio stations
are FM KQLF 97.9, KKPL 99.9, KOLZ 100.7, KING 101.9, KRRR
104.9, KLEN 106.3, KKAW 107.03 - AM KGAB 650, KRAE 1480
- and television stations KGWN (CBS) CH 5, KLWY (FOX) CH
10/27, AND KKTU (ABC) CH 8/33.
visit the United States
Geological Service to obtain streamflow information and
real time data regarding stream flows impacting Laramie County.