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Tyler Purvis
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Floodplain

What is the floodplain? Here is a video that gives a thorough overview of the 100-year floodplain:

Most properties east of Ray Street are within the 100-year Beaver Creek floodplain.  A permit is required before construction or development begins within any Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).  Permits are required to ensure that proposed development projects meet the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program Policy (NFIP) and the community's floodplain management ordinance.Although serious flooding has not occurred since 1965, it is critical to take appropriate precautions when conditions arise. Local radio stations are the best sources of up-to-date weather information and necessary emergency action. Take the radio with you to the appropriate shelter to know when the danger has passed.

To alleviate flooding, Brush has a drainage system consisting of swales, ditches and piping which carries storm water to contained areas. Maintenance is extremely important. Citizens are expected to help maintain ditches located in the right-of-way of their properties. City Code prohibits the accumulation of garbage and debris within a natural drainage system.

The City is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program. Brush has a floodplain ordinance regulating filling, grading, construction, or other improvements that may increase damages if flooding occurs. Regulations govern such things as elevation, location of electrical boxes, furnaces, water heaters, etc. within a floodplain. It is imperative to contact the City's building department before undertaking any new construction or improvements within flood hazard areas.

Remember that standard homeowner's insurance policies do not cover losses due to flooding.
Flood Protection Assistance
The city responds to all complaints from citizens. There are two primary types of drainage complaints received at the City: storm water system issues and private property drainage. Eastern Colorado is subject to summer thunderstorms that can deposit several inches of rainfall in a very short time which can cause localized street flooding. Storm water system complaints typically occur during a storm event. Complaints during a storm event are called into County Dispatch and the designated duty person responds to the call.

Other calls received at City Hall are routed to either the Public Works or Community Development Departments depending upon the nature of the complaint. A work order is written for any service requests received at City Hall. City staff then responds to the work order and assists the citizen however possible. The Public Works Department responds to issues related to the storm water system and Community Development inspects issues on private property.

The Community Development office also provides information related to the floodplain. This information includes floodplain location, base flood elevation, flood elevation certificates, special requirements for construction, and guidance for consulting with other technical experts such as land surveyors and engineers.

Flood Plain Updates
Am I in the flood plain?

Click here to go to Morgan County's FEMA Floodplain map
How To Request a Map Amendment Guide

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated their flood plain maps, resulting in some changes in the flood plain in the Brush! area that will be going into effect in 2017. Below is some information and resources to educate the community on the changes, how it can affect some property owners, and what you can do in response.


Floodplain presentation slides from City Council Meeting

Floodplain Map Comparison




Sec. 16-13-440. - Variance procedures.The Board of Adjustment (BOA), as established by the City pursuant to Sec. 2-12-10, shall hear and render judgment on requests for variances from the requirements of this Article as follows:

  • (a) The BOA shall hear and render judgment on an appeal only when it is alleged there is an error in any requirement, decision, or determination made by the Floodplain Administrator in the enforcement or administration of this Article.
  • (b) Any person or persons aggrieved by the decision of the BOA may appeal such decision in the courts of competent jurisdiction.
  • (c) The Floodplain Administrator shall maintain a record of all actions involving an appeal and shall report variances to the Federal Emergency Management Agency upon request.
  • (d) Variances may be issued for new construction and substantial improvements to be erected on a lot of one-half (½) acre or less in size contiguous to and surrounded by lots with existing structures constructed below the base flood level, providing the relevant factors in Section 16-13-430 have been fully considered. As the lot size increases beyond the one-half (½) acre, the technical justification required for issuing the variance increases.
  • (e) Upon consideration of the factors noted above and the intent of this Article, the BOA may attach such conditions to the granting of variances as it deems necessary to further the purpose and objectives of this Article as stated in Section 16-13-30.
  • (f) Variances shall not be issued within any designated floodway if any increase in flood levels during the base flood discharge would result.
  • (g) Variances may be issued for the repair or rehabilitation of historic structures upon a determination that the proposed repair or rehabilitation will not preclude the structure's continued designation as a historic structure and the variance is the minimum necessary to preserve the historic character and design of the structure.
  • (h) Prerequisites for granting variances:

    • (1) Variances shall only be issued upon a determination that the variance is the minimum necessary, considering the flood hazard, to afford relief.
    • (2) Variances shall only be issued upon:

      • a. Showing a good and sufficient cause;
      • b. A determination that failure to grant the variance would result in exceptional hardship to the applicant, and
      • c. A determination that the granting of a variance will not result in increased flood heights, additional threats to public safety, extraordinary public expense, create nuisances, cause fraud on or victimization of the public, or conflict with existing local laws or ordinances.
    • (3) Any applicant to whom a variance is granted shall be given written notice that the structure will be permitted to be built with the lowest floor elevation below the Base Flood Elevation, and that the cost of flood insurance will be commensurate with the increased risk resulting from the reduced lowest floor elevation.(i)Variances may be issued by the City for new construction and substantial improvements and for other development necessary for the conduct of a Functionally Dependent Use provided that:

      • (1) The criteria outlined in Section 16-13-440 are met, and
      • (2) The structure or other development is protected by methods that minimize flood damages during the base flood and create no additional threats to public safety.(Ord. 839-15 §1)