Flood Control

Flood Management

The Flood Management Section is responsible for the maintenance of existing storm-water drainage facilities and the assurance that private development projects meet flood Control objectives and compliance with the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) guidelines. It is the primary goal of the Commission to plan and develop solutions to flooding and drainage problems along with the needs of Caddo Parish.

 Main Objectives

• Promote awareness of floodplain management issues link Caddo mitigation plan 2016
• Administer and enforce the Floodplain Ordinances for Caddo Parish Ordinances
• Address storm-water and drainage issues in new development
• Seek solutions to existing flood problems.
• Assist where possible to inquiries relating to flood control and drainage issues.

The Multi-Year Flood Hazard Identification Plan (MHIP) announcement and the FEMA Fact Sheet provide additional information about flood mapping. For a map of the 100-year floodplains in Caddo Parish, please see the 100 Year Floodplain Map.

If you require help identifying the placement of your property in relation to flood zones you may visit our office in the Government Plaza building 505 Travis Street, Suite 820, Shreveport, Louisiana, or access the Online Map Search provided by FEMA. The FEMA site allows a citizen to do a flood zone search by property address. Another easy to use map that is is located at LA FloodMaps.

Flood Plain Development Application


Mitigation generally is defined as actions taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to life and property from hazards. Mitigation actions are designed to reduce the need for emergency response, not to improve the ability to respond.

Flood Zone 

If you are located outside the City of Shreveport and beyond the MPC (Five miles outside City limits) and would like to know if a parcel is in a flood zone, contact the Public Works Department at (318) 226-6934. A trained technician will locate your property and verify its location within the flood zone. The technician will also determine if it is outside incorporated areas, using the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) established by FEMA under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition to the 100-year Floodplain map, other mapping information is available at link Caddo mitigation plan 2016.

Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association 

High Water Marks Map

Hydro Water Flood Warning Systems

Caddo Parish Watershed Map

Watershed Map Search

Elevation Certificates

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Elevation Certificate (EC) (FEMA form 086-0-33) is an administrative tool of the NFIP which is to be used to provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances, to determine the proper insurance premium rate, or support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or a Letter of Map Amendment based on fill (LOMR-F).

This document is referenced in the NFIP Flood Insurance Manual (Special Certifications Section). This form is fillable and can be completed in either Adobe Acrobat Pro or Adobe Reader and saved.

Note: Completing Section B of the Elevation Certificate (Item B12) requires up-to-date information on Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) boundaries and prohibition dates. Those shown on Flood Insurance Rate Maps are for information purposes only. 

FEMA Elevation Certificate 2019