When it rains, it floods: a planner's primer to understanding and communicating flood risk

APA Indiana Chapter


Friday, May 10, 2019
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. EDT

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Each year, every Indiana community experiences some level of flooding and flood-related losses from overflowing and swollen rivers to low-lying areas with poor drainage.  Historic rainfall data shows the Midwest has experienced a 37% increase in heavy rainfall events and the situation is expected to worsen, as climate change experts, predict an increase in annual precipitation for Indiana into the future.  As planners and in many cases, the local floodplain administrator, we determine where and how development happens.  As such, it is important that we understand the flood risks our communities face, what proactive actions we can implement to be flood resilient, and how to communicate this information to our local leaders, decision-makers, and public. 


This presentation will provide a refresher on floodplains and floodplain management, present findings from the climate change data and the predictions for Indiana, the most recent and innovative planning tools and resources for flood resilience, flood response, and flood mitigation, and ultimately how to communicate this critical information in our day to day work.


This presentation is provided by fellow AICP planners and volunteers on the Floodplain Committee of the Indiana Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Management (INAFSM) whose mission is to serve professionals by providing educational opportunities and advocating for responsible floodplain and stormwater management.  APA-IN attendees of this presentation may be eligible for Certified Floodplain Manger (CFM) continuing education credits.


Sheila McKinley, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

As Planning Director at Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Sheila is responsible for overseeing the development of stormwater, floodplain, and green infrastructure planning and policy projects in Indiana. Sheila is a certified planner under the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), and member of the Indiana ... Read More

Denise Aschleman, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Denise Aschleman, AICP, CFM is a public sector planner with more than 18 years experience in the public sector. She has spent the majority of her career focused on commercial and residential development, Board of Zoning Appeals, ordinance development, and floodplain management. Read More

Contact Info

Tish Mayfield, tmayfield@thecorydongroup.com