Floodplain Management

The City of Bettendorf has a long history of flooding due to its location in the watersheds of the Mississippi River, Duck Creek, Crow Creek, and smaller tributaries.

Flood hazard areas are mapped and issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) is amended and updated periodically to reflect changes in land use and hydrology.

Flood Map:
FEMA's National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) Viewer

A floodplain development permit must be obtained prior to any new construction, remodel, major repairs, or excavation to property located within the floodplain. Floodplain permits help reduce flood losses, hazards, and related adverse effects caused by the occupancy of flood hazard areas and the cumulative effect of obstructions in the floodplain. The City of Bettendorf has adopted a Floodplain Ordinance: Title 13 Flood Control. If you have questions about floodplain development regulations, please contact the Planning Division at 563-344-4100 or email Planning@bettendorf.org.


Floodplain Development Permit Application for the City of Bettendorf

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Permitting & U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permitting