Floodplain Advisory Committee

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Please refer to the Legislative Information Center for an accurate meeting schedule, as well as the meeting agendas and minutes. Meetings are typically the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 PM in the 3rd Floor Conference Room. 



Floodplain issues primarily impact the city's north side, but also affect other parts of the city. The Floodplain Advisory Committee was established to implement the Comprehensive Plan affecting all parts of the community.

Flooding is a major natural disaster that occurs every year in the United States. Some floods cause only minor inconveniences and others cause complete devastation of an area. In either case, the City of La Crosse has several resources designed to keep its residents safe and allow them to get back to a normal way of life as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Floodplain Relief Program

The Floodplain Relief Program helps property owners remove and permanently protect improvements in La Crosse’s 1% annual chance Special Flood Hazard Zones. This program is applicable to all floodplain areas within the jurisdictional limits of the City of La Crosse. Relief grants can be applied toward engineering, design, earthwork, structure relocation, foundation improvements, other construction requirements necessary to elevate current structures above the flood protection elevation and the application and supporting work and documentation necessary to apply for a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Substantial Improvement / Substantial Damage 

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requires that if the cost of improvements to a building or the cost to repair damages (from any cause) to a building exceeds 50% of the market value (excluding land value), the entire building must be brought up to current floodplain management standards. Building improvement projects include exterior and interior remodeling, rehabilitation, additions, repair and reconstruction projects.

Additionally, the cost of currently planned improvements will be added to the cost of previous improvements and compared to the existing market value to determine if the improvements exceed 50% of the structure's value.

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Contact Information

Lewis Kuhlman
Environmental Planner & Committee Secretary
400 La Crosse St, La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 789-7361
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