Elm Creek Flood Control Improvements & Floodplain Map

Re: Status of FEMA Flood Study / Elm Creek Floodplain

The City of Champlin is in the final stages of completing the Elm Creek Dam project and Flood Control improvements. At this time, the Elm Creek Dam is essentially complete and operating. Prior to the Elm Creek Dam construction, the City conducted a Flood Study on the Elm Creek, which determined the new flood boundaries after the completion of the dam and other flood control improvements. The Elm Creek Flood Study was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the MN DNR.  At this point, FEMA has issued a Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) to the City for the Elm Creek, projecting the new flood boundaries.  See attached Floodplain Boundaries Map.

The final step in the City’s flood reduction plan is to construct a flood control berm in Elm Creek Park Reserve. This work will impact floodplain properties south of Hayden Lake Road and is expected to be completed in December 2017. The City will submit an application to FEMA for the final Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for the Elm Creek Floodplain once the berm construction is completed. The LOMR application will provide certification that the Elm Creek Dam and other flood control improvements have been completed according to FEMA standards. It is expected that FEMA (on their time table) will provide notice of the LOMR approval to the City of Champlin.

It is expected that the approved LOMR will initiate the final revision to the Flood Insurance Rate Map by FEMA. The LOMR will be the evidence a property owner will provide to their Lender and Insurance Provider indicating that their property is no longer in the flood hazard area. Our past experience with FEMA requests is that they do not respond quickly. Therefore, the City does not anticipate a response from FEMA until mid -year of 2017.

Construction and LOMR Application Schedule

  • Elm Creek Dam Substantially Complete                 Completed July 2016
  • Flood Control Culvert                                                 Completed July 2016
  • Flood Control Berm (Elm Creek Park Reserve)     December 2016
  • FEMA LOMR Application Submittal                         January 2017
  • FEMA LOMR Approval                                               Pending 2017

Commonly asked questions:

Question #1:                What is a LOMR?

 Answer:                      LOMR is a Letter of Map Revision. This document is issued by FEMA as an approval of floodplain modifications and will result in revisions to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).

Question #2:                How will I know if my property is impacted by the new Elm Creek flood study?

Answer:                      The attached Floodplain Map identifies the affected properties. Also, the City will contact property owners once the LOMR is approved.

 Question #3:                When will affected residents be able to drop their flood insurance?

Answer:                      After the LOMR is approved by FEMA and your insurance provider agrees with the findings. Also, your lender and insurance provider may request individual survey records specific to your home. This would be a responsibility of the home owner to provide all necessary information to their insurance provider. Note that each property owner will need to work with their own insurance provider.

Question #4:                Will there be a reimbursement for flood insurance premiums for the year 2016?

Answer:                      Contact your insurance provider, as this is a question that only your they can answer.

 If you have additional questions regarding the Elm Creek Dam, Flood Reduction Improvements or the LOMR process, please contact Todd Tuominen 763-923-7120 or e-mail ttuominen@ci.champlin.mn.us