Public Works

Flood Control - Introduction/Public Outreach

The Southern Nevada desert is an environment of extremes and although we typically think of the desert as being hot and dry, we can and do experience freezing winter temperatures as well as intense rainfall events that can occur any time of the year.

Flooding can strike without warning any time there has been a large volume of rainfall.

Many residents and visitors are unaware of the flood potential or never see flooding occur until it is too late. The City of Henderson is dedicated to providing our citizens and visitors with the information they need to make informed, safe choices when preparing for and dealing with flooding.

The City of Henderson Public Works Department is responsible for many of the city's floodplain management responsibilities, including planning, review of new development, storm drain and channel system maintenance, flood emergency response, storm water quality and public education.

The Public Works Department has dedicated staff that are assigned to floodplain-management related tasks. These employees work in the Support Services, Engineering, and Land Development divisions. Seven of the department's employees are Certified Floodplain Managers.

The City of Henderson works with federal, state, and local government agencies to ensure Henderson residents can obtain flood insurance at the lowest possible rates. Employing Certified Floodplain Managers and membership and participation in the National Flood Insurance Program are just two of the many steps the city takes to serve and protect its citizens.

For additional information regarding our community wide partnership related to storm water management, please visit 

How to reach us if you want to report non-emergency flooding, illegal dumping, clogged or blocked storm drains, FEMA elevation certificates, flood zone information, or sand bags.

A brief description on the definition of a 100 year flood.

A brief description on the differences between a "weather watch", "weather advisory", and "weather warning". Information about what to do in the event of a flash flood.

What is flood insurance? Are you required to carry flood insurance? Important considerations when thinking about purchasing flood insurance. Where can you buy flood insurance?

The City of Henderson participates in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating Systems by FEMA. As a participant, we may alleviate some of the financial burden for Henderson  property owners acquiring flood insurance. By meeting or exceeding certain criteria set forth by this Community Rating System, premiums for residents are reduced. To determine whether your home is located in a flood zone, visit the Regional Flood Control District online to search quickly and easily.

Links provided to assist you and your family with preplanning in the event of a disaster.

Commonly used terminology related to flooding and flood control is defined.

Links are provided to local, state, national, and world weather conditions.