The City of Harrisburg has a long history with our waterfront along both the Susquehanna River and Paxton Creek; a connection that has complemented (by enabling and supporting industry and recreation) and complicated (major flooding events) development in the city. In order to improve its management of these natural resources and their adjacent land – what is known as the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or the 100-Year Floodplain – the City entered the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) program http://1.usa.gov/1QLjwdg.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse

Got A Question On Floodplain Management?

Activities relating to floodplain management and participation in the CRS program are managed by the City’s Floodplain Administrator; currently, that position is held by the City’s Planning Director, Geoffrey Knight (717-255-6637; gknight@cityofhbg.com). The Floodplain Administrator is responsible for coordinating with residents, businesses, property owners, developers, and contractors on any projects within the SFHA, and answering any questions related to development within the SFHA.


In exchange for voluntarily managing development in the SFHA in excess of the minimum NFIP requirements, owners of property in the floodplain receive discounts on their flood insurance.  Currently, the City of Harrisburg is a Level 6 community, meaning property owners in the 100-Year (AE, A & AO zones) floodplain receive a 20% discount on their flood insurance, and owners of property in the 500-Year (Zone X) floodplain receive a 10% discount on their flood insurance.

  • Documentation

    Documentation and services available to the general public include:

    • Elevation Certificates (EC), if on file
    • Letter of Map Amendment – Change (LOMC)
    • Floodplain Development Permit Application
    • Zoning Verification Letters identifying relation of property to SFHA, including:
      • Specific category (AE, A, AO, or Zone X)
      • Base Flood Elevation (BFE), the level of a 100-Year flood event
      • Flood depth
    • Brochures and pamphlets:
      • In The Event of a Flood: Tips to Reduce Loss & Damage
      • Flood Facts
      • Flood Safety Tips
      • You Are in the Floodplain: A Guide
      • NFIP CRS Brochure
      • CRS Fact Sheet
      • Know Your Flood Stage: Silver Jackets Flood Inundation
    • Information on the City’s High Water Mark Initiative
  • Additional Information

    Additionally, the City coordinates with a number of different agencies at the local, regional, State, and federal level to provide current information in regards to flooding, extreme weather events, and river basin tracking.  Many of the tools available from the following organizations track real-time measurements of local river basins, including the Susquehanna River:

    The Floodplain Administrator and City Fire Chief coordinate on a regular basis to ensure that residents, businesses, and property owners in Harrisburg have updated information for any flood event.

    Keep yourself informed! Be knowledgeable! Be ready! Be flood aware!