Flood Mitigation

Flood Mitigation includes all measures that can be taken to reduce the impact of flooding on lives and property.

Mitigation is an ongoing effort to lessen the impact that natural disasters such as flooding have on people and property. Through the application of mitigation technologies and measures, the City can assure that fewer citizens and personal properties will become the victim of future flooding.

Preventative 

  • Comprehensive planning
  • Zoning
  • Stormwater management
  • Building codes
  • Open space preservation

Property Relocation

  • Relocation
  • Retrofitting/Floodproofing
  • Acquisition
  • Insurance

Emergency Services

  • Emergency response planning
  • Dam condition monitoring
  • Critical facilities protection
  • Warning
  • Evacuation
  • Health and safety maintenance

Structural Projects

  • Channel modifications
  • Levees, floodwalls, seawalls
  • Beach nourishment
  • Drainage system maintenance
  • Reservoirs
  • Diversions
  • Storm sewers
  • Dune and beach maintenance

Natural Resource Protection

  • Wetlands protection
  • Set-back regulations/buffers
  • Riparian area protection
  • Best management practices
  • Erosion and sediment control
  • Coastal barrier protection

Public Information

  • Outreach projects
  • Library resources
  • Real estate disclosure
  • Flood maps and data
  • Technical assistance
  • Environmental education


Huntsville currently uses most approaches that do not apply to coastal cities in its flood mitigation measures. Highlights include:

  • Acquisition and removal/relocation of homes in the Aldridge Creek floodway
  • Aldridge Creek channel improvements
  • Development of Aldridge Creek watershed computer model
  • Currently developing watershed model for Huntsville Spring Branch, Pinhook Creek, Broglan Branch, Fagan Creek, and Dallas Branch
  • Watershed models will be developed for every watershed in Huntsville as resources are available
  • Huntsville is now developing an Open Space Plan
  • Some open space is currently being acquired and protected. Recently, the Aldridge Creek Greenway, Big Cove Creek Greenway, and Indian Creek Greenways were completed. This system is currently being expanded and it preserves flood prone areas near these creeks from development while providing recreational opportunities for residents.
  • The City of Huntsville currently provides free flood zone determinations for Huntsville residents. Any resident wanting this information can call (256) 427-5300 to learn if their property is in the floodplain. Additional information and floodmaps are available online and at the main library in the reference section on the 2nd floor.

Flood Mitigation Plan