Bartholomew County lies at the point where several regionally significant streams – the Driftwood River, the Flatrock River, Clifty Creek, and Haw Creek – come together to form the East Fork of the White River. Approximately 2,000 square miles of upstream land drains through Columbus and Bartholomew County, making flooding the most significant natural threat to the area.
The Planning Department is responsible for the administration of floodplain regulations for new development. These local floodplain regulations are adopted as part of the Columbus and Bartholomew County Zoning Ordinances. Their administration involves providing information to the public and coordinating with the Bartholomew County Department of Technical Code Enforcement, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
For information about the City’s and County’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and for information about local floodplain development regulations, visit our Floodplain Regulations page. To learn about the City of Columbus Flood Response & Evacuation Plan (FREP) and to view the stream gauges in our community, visit our Flood Response & Evacuation Plan page. To view the City of Columbus Flood Risk Management Plan, visit our Flood Risk Management Plan page. To view recent studies completed on Haw Creek by the Army Corps of Engineers and Christopher B. Burke Engineering, visit our Haw Creek Information page.
For information about flood insurance, please visit FEMA’s FloodSmart. Please also visit the American Red Cross and Ready.gov (Department of Homeland Security) for information about how to protect your family and home before, during, and after a flood event.