Floodplain Management

The overriding purpose of the floodplain management regulations is to ensure that participating communities consider flood hazards, to the extent that they are known, in all official actions relating to land management and use.

The Following is a link to Flood plain Ordinance page from the city of DeSoto Website

Floodplain Management Regulations means zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, building codes, health regulations, special purpose ordinances (such as a floodplain ordinance, grading ordinance and erosion control ordinance) and other applications of police power. The term describes such state or local regulations, in any combination thereof, which provide standards for the purpose of flood damage prevention and reduction.

Approval or denial of a development permit by the floodplain administrator shall be based on all of the provisions of this article and the following relevant factors:

  • The danger to life and property due to flooding or erosion damage;
  • The susceptibility of the proposed facility and its contents to flood damage and the effect of such damage on the individual owner;
  • The danger that materials may be swept onto other lands to the injury of others;
  • The compatibility of the proposed use with existing and anticipated development;
  • The safety of access to the property in times of flood for ordinary and emergency vehicles;
  • The costs of providing governmental services during and after flood conditions including maintenance and repair of streets and bridges, and public utilities and facilities such as sewer, gas, electrical, and water systems;
  • The expected heights, velocity, duration, rate of rise and sediment transport of the floodwaters and the effects of wave action, if applicable, expected at the site;
  • The necessity to the facility of a waterfront location, where applicable;
  • The availability of alternative locations, not subject to flooding or erosion damage, for the proposed use;
  • The relationship of the proposed use to the comprehensive plan for that area.

FEMA Issued Flood Maps
The following website and instructions are provided as a public service, and are not a part of the City of DeSoto's site. DeSoto has no control over or responsibility for any content on FEMA's site, and DeSoto does not guarantee the accuracy of the information contained therein.

Print these instructions before continuing.

  1. Go to https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search
  2. In the prompt window: Enter an address, place, or coordinates
  3. Below input result you will see the FEMA Flood Map reference number:

           - Choose “Dynamic Map,” to see the desired property with flood limit approximations


          - Choose “Map Image,” to obtain access to the “tif,” format of the referenced map panel number

  1. Save the desired information or print the desired image(s)   

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