Residential and business properties
How fast snow melts each spring, how much rain has fallen and many other factors are variables when considering the possibility of flooding. It is important for property owners who live or work near water bodies to assess the risk of flooding to their land and buildings.
If your property is located in the "100-Year Flood Plain"
In Minneapolis, roughly 490 addresses are located in FEMA’s 100-Year Flood Plain. If you own property in Minneapolis, and have experienced high water levels and flooding in the past, be aware most insurance companies do not provide coverage until 30 days after flood coverage is added to a policy.
For all properties in Minneapolis:
Check the FEMA website to see if your property is located in an area at risk of flooding. Also see Flood Zones and Insurance to see more information about flood coverage and whether flood insurance might be a good idea.
Flood risk maps
- FEMA publishes flood plain information via the National Flood Hazard Layer (NHFL). To find out more, please visit the NHFL web mapping application.
- To learn more about the NHFL and other FEMA flood information, visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center
- Minnehaha Creek Watershed District have maps of areas along Minnehaha Creek at the greatest risk of flooding
North Dakota State University has information online about how to build a sandbag dike, as well as information on design, location and how many sandbags you might need.
Where to buy sandbags, sand and gravel
- North Star Packaging, 952-249-0661
- Bjorklund & Companies, 763-444-9301
- D-Rock Center, 651-639-0446
- Hage Concrete Works, 612-861-4243
- Hedberg Supply, Landscape & Masonry, 763-545-4400
- Marshall Concrete Products, 612-789-4303
- Plaisted Companies, 763-441-1100
PLEASE NOTE: The City of Minneapolis provides flood and flood prevention information as a courtesy and service to its citizens and shall not and does not warrant nor endorse in any manner the information provided. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and should not be relied on for any official purpose. Prediction of the extent or duration of flooding is imprecise and based on many assumptions about snow and ice conditions and how water will move across land and within surface water channels and basins. All future flooding scenarios are also affected significantly by weather conditions, including, but not limited to, temperatures and patterns of snowfall and rainfall. Any information of how far floodwaters may reach or how long they may remain there, generally or with respect to a specific property, does not necessarily represent the most likely scenario and the City of Minneapolis does not represent any particular level of probability associated with any predicted scenarios. Property owners and other interested people should rely on a licensed surveyor or other professional retained for specific advice concerning their properties. The City of Minneapolis strictly disclaims any and all warranties on use of the flood and flood prevention information for any purpose.
Last updated Jan 16, 2020